Surprise tactics will be needed to beat Froome at the Tour de France, says Romain Bardet

The Frenchman is currently preparing for the Tour of Oman where he'll begin his build-up to the Tour in July

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Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), second in the Tour de France to Chris Froome last year, says that he will need to mix strength with shrewdness to beat Team Sky with its big budget.

The Frenchman jumped from fifth to second place overall in the Tour with two days to race, on the Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc stage, in 2016. With the result, he now appears to be a true contender for the Tour overall. But it will take more than strength to knock Froome off the top step, it will take some tactics.

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