Tour de France 2016 yellowish jersey hasten: will Nairo Quintana disturbed Chris Froome?

Chris Froome must fend off in-form challengers well suited to this years street, though the protecting champion too has grounds for encouragement

Chris Froome Sky

Does the road suit him? Yes. The protecting endorse was indicated in October that he prefers the 2016 edition to last years road. Its a very well rounded Tour, he says. I think its going to take a terminated cyclist to acquire. Froome will be licking his cheeks at the two occasion visitations 37 km on stagecoach 13 and 17 km on theatre 18 although neither is flat, which will minimize his the opportunities of gaining gigantic hunks of meter on Quintana and Contador.

The right team-mates? Its hard to argue with Team Skys recent Tour record, given they have won three of the last four hastens. And while the departure of Froomes lieutenant Richie Porte to BMC is a blow, his new No2, Geraint Thomas, has played impressively in 2016, acquiring the Volta ao Algarve and Paris-Nice.

What species is he in? After a slow start to 2016, Froomes recent succes at the Critrium du Dauphin intimates there is always the man to beat.

Biggest plus moment? Pedigree. He has won it twice before.

Biggest perturb? That Quintana, who pushed him closer together last year, is stronger still in 2016.

Hed be secretly glad with not facing a onslaught of questions about drugging and his watts to kilograms rate if he is ahead.

Nairo Quintana Movistar

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Nairo Quintana has a well-suited direction and word in his favor. Picture: Bryn Lennon/ Getty Images

Does the street dres him? Definitely. “Theres” nine clambering daylights in this years Tour, which is a big plus for the Colombian. And while there are also two epoch trials, the fact they are both uphill should mean that Quintana abides competitive in both. Certainly he prevailed an uphill age trial on the way to participate in the Giro dItalia in 2014, which is not too disparate to stage 18 in this years Tour.

The privilege team-mates? Movistar are proven Grand Tour winners and adjudicating by their team for the Giro they have saved some bullets for the Tour. Last time both Quintana and Alejandro Valverde attained the platform behind Froome.

What species is he in? Excellent. After winning the Volta a Catalunya in March, Quintana then took the Tour of Romandie in May, a race in which Froome was road back. Nonetheless the Colombian skipped the Critrium Du Dauphin and Tour de Suisse in the buildup to the Tour to focus on altitude training instead.

Biggest plus phase? The favourable route and his form. As he says: This direction reminds me of the Vuelta a Espaa or even the Giro, with hard theatres all over the three weeks of racing.

Biggest concern? That he might just come short to Froome again for a third time.

Hed be privately glad with the time tests arent flat, which should mean that his prowess in mountains comes to the fore.

Alberto Contador Tinkoff

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Alberto Contador impressed in Paris-Nice but does he have what it takes, at 33, to acquire the Tour this year? Photo: Sebastien Nogier/ EPA

Does the roadway clothing him? Yes. After the route was announced last-place October, he announced it beautiful, attractive, and said it had encouraged him. Over the winter he acknowledged he starved himself to get thin. At 33 he knows he wont get many more fortunes and skipped the Giro DItalia to make sure he is spot-on for the race.

The right team-mates? Tinkoff are one of the strongest in the peloton, but they are able to also have half an attention on facilitating Peter Sagan triumph the green jersey.

What model is he in? Decent enough. This time he has prevailed a theatre at the Tour of the Algarve and took second to Quintana at the Volta a Catalunya. But was exclusively fifth to Froome in Critrium du Dauphin.

Biggest plus quality? Experience and geniu. He is a six-time Grand Tour win and insists that his superpower data is still very encouraging.

Biggest dwell? Understandably some will question whether he can still act at a supremely high level for three weeks at 33. Then again, older servicemen have won the Tour before including the 34 -year-old Cadel Evans in 2011, but Cantador has a lot of miles in those legs.

Hed be secretly happy with supporting those people who have written him off wrong in the most spectacular direction possible.

Thibaut Pinot FDJ

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Thibaut Pinot does not have the team backing of some of his rivals but is in superb structure. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP/ Getty Images

Does the route dres him? The Frenchman will certainly be pleased that there are no cobbles in this years hasten. He went into last years Tour being talked up as a potential first residence winner since Bernard Hinault in 1985, after finishing third in 2014, but strove on the cobbles before finishing 16 th overall. As he set it recently: It is a beautiful direction. It dress me.

The privilege team-mates? FDJ are not at high levels of Sky or Astana, and you certainly wont ascertain them putting five equestrians at the front of the peloton before the first mountain-top finish. If Pinot does get into yellow he will struggle to control the hasten compared with the other GC contenders.

What word is he in? Top-five placings in his first seven races this season, including victory in the Critrium International, but merely came 16 th in the Critrium du Dauphin a long way behind Froome.

Biggest plus detail? He is still improving at 26, and 2014 s hasten pictured “hes having” endowment to mingle it with the most difficult names.

Biggest fret? “Theres” question marks over whether he will handle the pressure of being the dwelling favorite. Also, amazingly for an reached climber he won Stage 20 at the Alpe dHuez solo last year he is a better time-trialler on the flat than when it goes uphill.

Hed be secretly happy with still being in the mix in the final week. If that is the case perhaps the dwelling gang will help him to a far-famed succes?

Fabio Aru Astana

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Fabio Aru celebrates triumphing the 19 th stagecoach of the Giro dItalia. The Italian is young and fast-improving. Photo: Daniel Dal Zennaro/ AP
Does the road dres him ? There are a number of mountains, which will be right up his street. The right team-mates ? Astana are undoubtedly strong, but many of their best riders were subscribing Vicenzo Nibali at the Giro dItalia so there are question marks about how much foundation Aru will get in his first
Tour de France. What structure is he in ? Hard to say. Arus best arise this year is a sixth-placed finish in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana but while his results arent overly impressive he may be keeping his powder dry. Biggest plus point ? He is young and improving fast. Last year the 25 -year-old was second in the Giro DItalia and followed that up in the autumn with victory in the Vuelta a Espaa.

Biggest concern? That he cant manage the unique press of the Tour. As his team-mate Vincenzo Nibali placed it recently: Fabio often goes disturbed and hes short-tempered Ivan Basso was very open, you rarely learnt him indignant not because he was age-old but because he was prudent. There is an abyss between him and Fabio.

Hed be privately joyous with the fact that Nibali will not be hastening alongside him.

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