Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome could face test from Tom Dumoulin on 2018 route

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 11:54:47 PM. Defending champion Chris Froome can expect a stern challenge from Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in next year's Tour de France.
Defending champion can expect a stern challenge from Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in next year's . Froome is chasing a record-equaling fifth victory to move level with Belgian great Eddy Merckx, French riders Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, and Spanish great Miguel Indurain. Froome and Dumoulin won the three Grand Tours last year, with Froome adding the Spanish Vuelta and Dumoulin winning the . The 105th edition of the Tour features a hilly 19-mile time trial through the Basque country on the penultimate day. Froome is a specialist, but Dumoulin is the reigning world time trial champion. The 32-year-old Froome is still in his prime, while the 26-year-old Dumoulin is approaching his. “A contest between Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin, two riders with similar qualities, wouldn't displease me. It would force one of the two to try something different to surprise the other,” Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme said Tuesday. “We're looking at a new generation that wants to entertain. I think that if Christopher Froome is up against Tom Dumoulin, they will want to do that. They will be more or less equal in the time trials. That's something very exciting.” The race starts July 7 — a week later than usual because of the soccer World Cup in Russia — and opens with a flat 117-mile route for sprinters from Noirmoutier-en-l'ile to Fontenay-le-Comte in the Vendee region, on the Atlantic coast. With the time trial returning after being omitted the last two years, Froome's Team...Read more
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