“They have designed a very complete Tour. The first important contact will be the team time trial. At the beginning of the race they will have to be attentive to the wind and some finishes like the Wall of Bretagne or later in Mende, which always make some differences, but the first day really important will be Roubaix, with many stretches of cobblestones. To watch it on TV will be nice, but for the riders who are there is always a risk, it is a day of great tension for all the teams that have thoroughly prepared the Tour and that in a day can finish everything. It will be very spectacular.

There are very hard stages, with mythical finishes like the Alpe d’Huez and other with novelties at the end: it is always good to know other mountains. There is also an initiative that I find very attractive, which is to do a kind of time trial with 3 climbs. It’s a shame they put it now and not before! Those are stages that invite to make spectacle, are difficult to control for a team, stages in which you can break the block and that makes it especially attractive.

And finally there is an individual time trial not excessively long, which can make Froome not have as much advantage against climbers as on other occasions. In general terms it will be a fairly open Tour.