'Chris Froome's not the same rider he was in the last few years, but he's still the man to beat'

Astana general manager tips Froome as the favourite for the Tour despite falling short at Dauphiné

Chris Froome at the Critérium du Dauphiné (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) lacks that same magic that he had in previous years, but remains the favourite in the upcoming Tour de France, says Astana team manager Giuseppe Martinelli.

For the first time since 2012, Froome will go in to the Tour de France without having won a race earlier in the year. His last win was the time trial in the Vuelta a España on September 9, 2016, a race in which Nairo Quintana (Movistar) narrowly beat him to the overall win

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.