• Froome on the defensive as mountains loom


    TARBES, France: Chris Froome insisted he will ride defensively as the Tour de France enters the Pyrenees on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Before the Grand Boucle began, Froom’s Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford claimed the squad would be more proactive than in the past. He hasn’t ruled out making a move on the 15.3km, 7.4 average gradient finish to stage 10, though. Of his main rivals, Tejay Van Garderen, the revelation of the Tour so far, is at 12sec, Alberto Contador at 1min 03sec, Nairo Quintana at 1min 59sec and Vincenzo Niabli a whole 2min 22sec back.



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