"The counter is back to zero for the Tour" he says, trying to muffle the growing hype after a series of dominating performances. There will be six or seven contenders for overall victory at the Tour but just three weeks away from the start none of the big guns look to be firing like Froome. And none have the back-up of a Sky team that demonstrated with chilling efficiency that they still have the ammunition to ensure cyclings most prestigious title remains in Britain.
With defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins out through injury - Froome looks every inch his team-mates Tour successor. Wiggins won the Criterium last year and went on to make history - Froome looks in great shape to do the same. - Can't wait and we'll be there in Paris for the finish!