Chris Froome has set his sights on winning the Tour de France for 'the next six or seven years.'

Froome goes into this year's Tour de France fresh from winning the Criterium du Dauphine and will aim to become the second consecutive British winner after Bradley Wiggins' success last year.

Froome is yet to win a grand tour after finishing second in France last year and the same position in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana but believes he has the ability to become the man to beat in the Tour de France in many years to come.

"I've got my goals and personally where I want my career to go is to target the Tour," he told The Times.

"Not just this year but for the next six or seven years and each time to line up at the Tour ready to try and contend for the yellow jersey. I am driven by that goal."

Froome's Team Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins has pulled out of the Tour de France after injuries and illness blighted his training ahead of the event. But before Wiggins' announcement of his withdrawal, Froome had been selected as the team's lead main with Wiggins in support of him.

This raised a potential feud between the pair with Wiggins stating that he would attempt to win if he was in better form than Froome. 

But Froome said he was upset to see Wiggins withdraw from the Tour but knows Team Sky still have a very strong team.

"It is a shame not to have the defending champion at this year's Tour. Because with Bradley there comes a certain feel of, 'We've got the defending champion, we have more respect in the peloton'. But it is also nice not to have that continuing pressure from the media."

"We do have a very strong team and, regardless of Bradley there or not, I do feel we have all our bases covered."

The Kenyan-born British rider won the Criterium du Daphine, beating team-mate Richie Porte. He believes that the form of both him and Porte will make Team Sky a formidable force.

He added: "An interesting element now, with Richie sitting second, is in some people's minds. They are going to have to work pretty hard to get a spot on the podium, let alone trying to go for the victory. It is probably moving the goalposts a bit." 

The 28-year old went on to say that he's happy with his form this season and believes he can still improve.

He said: "I have been a lot more consistent with my numbers this year and I have been able to hit the numbers that last year I thought were exceptional. And I feel I can still get better. Last year I felt: 'I am really flying now.' This year I am hitting that comfortably now."


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