Video: Forgotten moment Froome showed he’s strongest in Tour

Posted on: July 11th, 2017

Moment Froome showed he's strongest in Tour

With all the drama of stage 9, this key moment from Chris Froome has been overlooked.

 

Moment Froome showed he’s strongest in Tour

 

There was a huge amount of drama on Sunday’s stage 9 of the Tour de France; Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) crashing out just two of many major moments.

Ireland’s Dan Martin (QuickStep) came down in that same crash as Porte. And Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost time, thus confirming he’s not firing on all cylinders.

Fabio Aru (Astana) was seen attacking when yellow jersey Chris Froome (Team Sky) put his hand up to claim a mechanical.

But amid those and other talking points, one significant moment overlooked was Froome’s attack up the Mont du Chat.

If one looks at the clip below, it’s clear to see the yellow jersey looked significantly stronger than everyone else at a time of extreme pressure.

That’s not a statement that could have been made about Froome at any time during this season before now.

He has a dig off the front of the very small select group and everyone is in trouble immediately.

Dan Martin slips off the back of the group and the only rider who looks able to follow Froome is Porte.

Just behind the Australian, who would crash out a few kilometres later, is eventual stage winner Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac).

The Colombian was clearly flying on Sunday but even he was put under extreme pressure by Froome’s acceleration.

Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) is a really strong contender for the podium, and he also loses the wheel, being forced to battle back on.

Regrouping

Another man who slips right back is the in-form Aru. Like Martin, he slips off the back of the group. And Quintana goes backwards fastest.

However, the pace would ease and everyone would get back on, bar Quintana. But Froome had really demonstrated he has the measure of his rivals.

Only time will tell if that is the case, but on the basis of Sunday’s ride Froome looks very good for the remainder of the Tour; the clip below providing ample evidence to back-up that claim.

 



 

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