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.