Froome surrenders to Contador

In an interview with Colombian midfielder El Tiempo, the Tour de France four-time champion went over his great duels with the Spaniard and Nairo Quintana and praised his teammate Egan Bernal.

Chris Froome is ready to face his first test of the 2019 season in the Tour Colombia 2.1. Before leaving Froome attended the local media El Tiempo, where he highlighted who has been the toughest opponent he has had throughout his career. "I would say that Alberto Contador has been, possibly, the most difficult rival throughout my career, I say this because of the number of times we have faced both in Tour and Vuelta a España." In fact, several days ago the piteño also commented on social networks the great rivalry between both.

Froome will be measured in the Colombian test cyclists like Nairo Quintana or Rigorberto Urán, for Froome the cyclist who has been closer to snatch one of his Tours "The toughest Tour to win was in 2017, when Rigoberto Urán was second, it was the most difficult because it was decided in stage 20 and against 'Rigo' it was more complicated, because there were only 20 seconds between us"

The leader The Sky also had words for Nairo Quintana, another of his great rivals. "Nairo has been a great rival for many years and to which I have a lot of respect. He always pressures me on the mountain, every year I respect him and watch him on the Tour". The Briton assumes that Nairo will complete the triple crown and that he will end up wearing yellow in Paris. "Nairo will certainly win a Tour, he has stayed close before (second in 2013 and 2015), but this year the Tour has great climbs above 2,000 meters and it suits his characteristics. He is a cyclist who trains in altitude, the height is good and it can be very strong in this Tour ".

Froome also analyzed the figure of his partner Egan Bernal, one of the great promises of world cycling. "Egan Bernal has a wonderful future, he's very young but he's already improved a lot and I think it's because he's mentally mature. It's too early to say if he's my successor and I do not want to put a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but he has the qualities to win the great races and have respect within the peloton, if he continues like this, he will follow my steps and can even achieve more successes than me ".

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