Cyrille Guimard: 'Froome Won't Give Up The Opportunity To Win A Fifth Tour De France'

Laurent Fignon with Cyrille Guimard at the start of stage 16 of the 1983 Tour de France.

Legendary French cycling manager Cyrille Guimard heaped extra fuel on the Team Sky leadership fire in an extensive interview in French sports newspaper L'Equipe on Sunday by saying that Sky 's two leaders – Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome , who sit in first and second place overall, respectively, ahead of stage 16 – both think that they can win this year's Tour de France, and that there's no 'understanding' between them. "I imagine that [Team Sky principal] Dave Brailsford had Thomas ready to replace Froome when his salbutamol case came to light across the winter , not knowing whether Froome would be suspended," said Guimard. "So when Thomas won the Critérium du Dauphiné in such a convincing manner, beating many of his rivals for the Tour, he couldn't then very well arrive at the start of the race in Noirmoutier and say, 'I'll give my wheel to Chris if ...

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