Chris Froome: My rivals are all on track for the Giro d’Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) says that he is pushing as hard as he can at the Tour of the Alps and will continue to fight for everything he can get from the race. Froome finished fourth on stage 2 of the five-day race, losing four seconds to stage winner Miguel Angel Lopez in the final metres on Alpe di Pampeago, and now sits fourth in the general classification, which is led by Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli).

“I’m doing everything I can. I’m racing as hard as I can, and I’m not going to give up just because I came fourth today. I think there is a lot to race for,” Froome said after warming down at the top of Alpe di Pampaego.

“Astana is very strong and they’ve got a great team here, and I’m sure that they will do everything they can to control the race. There are a lot of people that still want to race.”

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The second stage of the Tour of the Alps to Alpe di Pampeago was billed as the queen stage and many expected large gaps to form between the top general classification riders. It was also an opportunity to see how the Giro d’Italia hopefuls fared on a proper mountain test less than two weeks before the start of the corsa rosa.

Based on this single mountain effort, Froome believes that there is little between the GC men here.

“Nobody there was riding away from everybody else. It was very close still,” said Froome. “Lopez was very impressive again to win the stage – congratulations to him. [Thibaut] Pinot has been really aggressive in this race as well and he seems to be in great shape. I’m sure that he’s on track for the Giro. He’s not far from the front of the race so I’m sure that he’s also building for the Giro d’Italia. I think that everyone that I’ve seen is on track. [Domenico] Pozzovivo is also very strong on these steep summit finishes.”

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