Tuesday July 9th, 2013

Stage 10Saint-Gildas-des-Bois / Saint-Malo

Start 12h55 GMT 2+

Chris Froome: "This isn't going to be an easy ride..."

interview09.07.2013Stage 10- Saint-Gildas-des-Bois / Saint-Malo

There was one objective for the overall leader in stage 10: be safe. Chris Froome followed the wheel of Ian Stannard for most of the stage to St-Malo. As expected he finished in the same bunch as the winner and started to think about the TT at Mont-Saint-Michel...

“My guys did a super job today keeping me up front. Ian Stannard is an absolute bear in those kind of conditions and he kept me out of trouble. All day the guys were just chipping away and doing what was needed to get through the stage without losing any time. Ian is a big guy, there's a lot of slipstream behind him and I enjoy staying on his wheel and he really knows how to ride in the crosswinds and, being one of the Classics guys, he's really good at positioning in the peloton.

“We saw Saxo Bank come and get onto the front as soon as there was a hint of crosswind in the final. Okay, for them they are obviously looking after their own riders but if the opportunity came up I would expect them to go on the offensive too. I think as long as we're aware that this isn't going to be an easy ride now and every day that we have in yellow is an absolute honour.

“I'm not really going for a stage win [in the time trial of stage 11] but if I can try and extend my lead on the general classification – or at least hold onto my lead – that would be 100 per cent fine by me.

“I'm not really looking at my opponents for tomorrow's stage. I'm just going to go out there and try and do the best time trial that I can do on the day. Tomorrow evening we'll sit down and have a look at the results again and re-evaluate things from there. The course is fast and flat and hopefully a good one for me.”

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