“I’m in a privileged position to be leading such a great group of guys. I’ve got all my bases covered with the guys we have here. I’m coming here off the back of the Dauphiné, which was a good confirmation of where I am. I feel as though I’m ready for the Tour de France.
I’m ready for this year’s Tour but I know we can’t take anything for granted and there a lot of factors outside of our control but we’ve got the potential to get the job done. This is the toughest challenge of my career to date, trying to come here and target a third Tour de France but with this group around me I feel like I’ve got a lot more confidence and hopefully a team I can rely on when the chips are down.
This is a climber-based route. Even the two time trials, one is uphill and the other has two climbs on it. The time trials will see the climbers do well. The amount of climbing does outweigh previous editions. Everyone here can go uphill, including Stannard. It’s a climber's Tour de France and that’s how we’ve selected the team.
Since I’ve come into the race and looking to win it’s become much more of a climber-dominated race in the last few years. I just feel that this year, more than ever, the level of competition is higher than ever. I have more rivals and the level of them is that much stronger.”
Team Sky Tour de France Team:
1 Christopher Froome (GBr)
2 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col)
3 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
4 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa)
5 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa)
6 Wout Poels (Ned)
7 Luke Rowe (GBr)
8 Ian Stannard (GBr)
9 Geraint Thomas (GBr)