Team Sky principle Dave Brailsford insists that he and his team are relaxed as the build-up to the Tour de France begins, despite being heavy favourites to win the event.
Team Sky won the event last year, with Bradley Wiggins claiming the much-coveted yellow jersey and, despite a vast change in the line-up, are predicted to repeat the feat this time around.
Chris Froome is now the headline star in the team, after he played the role as one of domestique in Wiggins’ success last year, and Brailsford believes that they have done everything they can to prepare Froome for the event.
Speaking to Sky Sports News he said: “I don’t think we have left any stone unturned in terms of getting ready for the racing. We are in a very good place, and hence the relaxed mood in the camp.
“Chris is feeling confident. The important thing on the eve of an event like this is for every rider to sit down and say, ‘Did we miss anything? Have we done everything possible? Are you the best that you can possibly be at this moment in time coming into this race?”
“And I think the answer from Chris and the team would be ‘yes’. That then gives them self-belief and their self-confidence systems are as a high as they can be, and that is a good place to be.”
Froome is an odds-on favourite with many bookmakers to win the event and he will need to be ready to deal with the pressure of expectation if he is to get the yellow jersey.
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