Valverde: Chris Froome is the Tour de France favourite but he has weaknesses

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) signals his fifth Fleche Wallonne win in 2017

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) has picked Chris Froome (Team Sky) as the headline favourite for this year’s Tour de France but stressed that the four-time winner has possible weaknesses after a super-tough Giro d’Italia. Valverde returns to the Tour de France twelve months after crashing out in the opening time trial in Germany. He has enjoyed another exceptional start to the season with wins in Valencia, the Abu Dhabi Tour and Catalunya. He recently came out on top in the La Route d'Occitanie, and has remarkably won every stage race that he has entered in 2018. He will lead the line at the Tour de France for Movistar alongside Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa. “Of course, the top favourite will be Froome,” Valverde recently said at a team press event. “He's won the Giro and certainly he's spent a lot of energy, yet he's got great potential and is ...

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