Froome rides to fourth win of 2013 and targets Tour triumph

OLYMPIC bronze medal winner Chris Froome believes he can continue his glorious year and pull off an historic win at the Tour de France, after completing victory at the Criterium du Dauphine yesterday.

Froome wrapped up his fourth triumph of 2013 by finishing second on the final stage in the French Alps, to beat fellow Team Sky rider Richie Porte by 58 seconds in the overall standings.

The 28-year-old will lead his team’s challenge when the Tour de France begins on 29 June and feels his scintillating form can help him emulate 2012 champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, the only British rider to ever win the event.

“It’s a positive test for the Tour de France,” he said. “I’ll do everything to win it as well. We’ve good reason to be confident with such a great team.

“I have won the Dauphine and other race s before, but the counter is back to zero when the Tour starts. There will be six to seven contenders for overall victory.”

Froome’s victory follows triumphs already this year in the Tour of Oman, Criterium International and the Tour de Romandie, while he was second at the Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Kenyan-born rider completed yesterday’s win in treacherous conditions, breaking from the peloton late on as he attempted to charge down stage winner Alessandro De Marchi, though the Italian crossed the line 24 seconds clear, with Australia’s Porte back in fourth place.

“It’s been a dream scenario,” added Froome. “To come away with the victory, plus one of my best friends and team-mate Porte in second place, I couldn’t ask for more.”