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Froome has eyes on Tour


GREAT BRITAIN'S Chris Froome feels "almost ready" to tackle the Tour de France after winning the Criterium du Dauphine with victory in yesterday's final stage.

"The Dauphine was a big focus for me, but the Tour de France is the main objective," said Froome. "The team is ready, and I am almost ready.

"We are less than three weeks away now and I am really looking forward to it."

Froome, who claimed his second Criterium du Dauphine in the space of three years, added: "I couldn't have expected it to go any better."

Ireland's Dan Martin finished seventh behind the favourite for the Tour de France in both the stage and in the overall standings.

Martin finished two minutes 52 seconds behind the champion, with compatriot Nicolas Roche 37th overall, while Philip Deignan was 43rd.