CHRIS FROOME (Britain, Team Sky, age 28) - aka Froomey
Best Tour performance: 2nd (2012)
Best other grand tour performance: 2nd (Vuelta 2011)
Strengths: Has won four of the five stage races (Oman, Romandie, Criterium International, Criterium du Dauphine) he entered this year. One of the best time trialists, possibly the best climber. Backed by a strong team. The only man to have beaten him on a stage race this season, Italian Vincenzo Nibali, is not on the Tour.
Weaknesses: Has never led a team on the Tour de France.
RICHIE PORTE (Australia, Team Sky, 28)
Best Tour performance: 34th (2012)
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