Not the biggest of shocks on Tuesday when Team Sky’s 2013 Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, announced that he would after all be riding – and more importantly prioritising – the 2015 Tour de France.
Froome made the announcement on his own personal website, but it didn’t come as any major surprise to seasoned cycling followers.
After the 2015 route was announced for the Tour de France, Froome stated that he would consider prioritising the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España instead of the Tour, as they seemed more balanced races (between mountain stages and time trials). The 2015 schedule for the Tour showed the race only having one time trial and numerous mountain stages, favouring climbers.
Froome probably isn’t as strong a mountain climber as riders such as Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana, but is more than a match for them in time trials. Despite this, Froome is still the favourite to win the 2015 Tour, he is currently a best price of 11/4 with 888Sport (who are giving new accounts £88.00 in Free Bets).
What makes this all the more surprising to me, is that when Froome originally made the statement (about not riding the Tour because of the route), it was him basically announcing to the world that he doesn’t think he can win the race – which is what makes him being favourite in the Tour de France betting all the more strange.
What does go in Froome’s favour though, is his team. Team Sky are one of the strongest team’s out there. They throw all of their resources at the Tour, and everybody knows that 2015 will be no different, which is why everyone suspected that Froome would eventually change his mind, or have it chanaged for him.