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Chris Froome is sure to handle extra pressure after playing a helping hand in the British summer last year by helping Sir Bradley Wiggins to Tour de France glory in 2012.
Froome will carry England’s hopes in the 100th Tour, which begins on June 29 in Corsica, with Wiggins missing from the event due to a knee injury. Wiggins’ victory last year captured the hearts of the British public and Froome admits he hopes the fans continue to support the British riders when the 2013 Tour starts in six days’ time.
The 28-year-old has had a solid year so far with several wins across Europe and he will be supported once again by Geraint Thomas and Pete Kennaugh who will be looking to work in sync for Team Sky.
Froome admits he will be flying the flag for Britain this time round and he hopes that the sport can move on from the recent drug revelations from Lance Armstrong and continue to grow and pick up more fans.
He said: “Moving on from the revelations we had from Lance last year, I wouldn’t say that was a good thing for the sport but I do because it has now given us the opportunity to show people that the sport has changed.”
“I definitely feel like I’m flying the flag for Britain this year. Given the enormous energy and support we have had from last year’s Tour through the Olympics and into this year it really is mind blowing, and it’s great to see how many people are behind us now.”