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Froome in Yorkshire to tackle the Dales

Team Sky's Chris Froome leads Movistar's Nario Quintana just over 1km from the finish during Stage Fifteen of the 2013 Tour De France

Team Sky's Chris Froome leads Movistar's Nario Quintana just over 1km from the finish during Stage Fifteen of the 2013 Tour De France

Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome has descended on the Dales to ride parts of the Grand Depart stage one route.

The 29-year-old Briton who is among the favourites to claim the 2014 crown took to his racing bike to test the terrain in sections of Swaledale, North Yorkshire, yesterday.

Froome has been in fine form this year having already secured overall victory in the Tour of Oman, and most recently in the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland.

The Team Sky rider, who could line up alongside compatriot and 2012 Tour champion Sir Bradley Wiggins this summer, has recently been training in Tenerife in preparation for the Tour de France.

Froome will be one of nearly 200 cyclists to ride from The Headrow in Leeds when the 190km stage one race rolls into action on July 5 and heads for Harrogate. Riders will power out of Leeds towards Harewood before riding through the Wharfe Valley, into the Dales and down through Ripley and Ripon to the Harrogate finish.

Tour cyclists will then ride from York to Sheffield on Sunday, July 6, to complete the Yorkshire legs of the Grand Depart.

 

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