2016 Tour will suit me more than this year, says Froome

Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:06am EDT
 
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Minutes after discovering the route for the 2016 Tour de France, defending champion Chris Froome issued a warning to his rivals, saying next year's route suits him even better.

Organizers unveiled a balanced route on Tuesday, one that will heavily favor the climbers but also includes two demanding time trials featuring a few ascents -- the perfect mix for the double Tour champion.

"I think it's a great course," the Team Sky rider told reporters. "It really does challenge in every aspect of cycling -- time trials, the mountains, a tricky technical descent also."

"It's such an amazing, special race, I'm still 30 years old and feel I have a lot left in my legs.

"(Next year's course) suits me better," he added, in reference to the two time trials.

This year's event, which he won in thrilling fashion from Nairo Quintana, featured only one individual time trial.

Froome won the 2013 and 2015 editions thanks to impressive attacks in the mountains -- up the Mont Ventoux the first time and up La Pierre-Saint-Martin this year, hammering his rivals in awe-inspiring fashion.

The 2016 race features a stage that finishes on the summit of the iconic Mont Ventoux, a 22km ascent at an average gradient of 7.2 per cent.   Continued...

 
Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain crosses the finish line during the 158.7 km (98.6 miles) 2nd stage of the Vuelta Tour of Spain cycling race from Alhaurin de la Torre to Caminito del Rey, in Ardales, southern Spain, August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jon Nazca