Tour de France on a knife-edge as Chris Froome hails 'toughest battle of my career'

Team Sky rider enjoys a slender advantage as the race leaves the Pyrenees, but it's nothing compared to his Tour-winning years of 2013 and 2015

Chris Froome (Team Sky) battles Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on stage nine of the 2016 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Chris Froome's quest to win a third Tour de France title is the toughest test of his professional career, he says. In the leader's yellow jersey racing up to the Arcalís ski station today in Andorra, he held off attacks from Daniel Martin (Etixx–Quick-Step), Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange).

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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.