Stage winner Froome salutes Team Sky's preparation
Tour de France Stage 7 winner Chris Froome said thorough preparation and knowledge of the route prepared Team Sky for success on Stage 7.
Froome saw his team-mate Bradley Wiggins assume the race leader's yellow jersey after the climb to La Planche des Belles Filles but his acceleration left Cadel Evans in his wake in the final kick to the line.
Talking to ITV's Ned Boulting, Froome said: "It just goes to show that seeing the route beforehand makes a difference … we’d been out here to do a bit of route 'recon' – it just shows how important that is ...
"We couldn't have asked for more, it's a great day for us, with Brad now sitting in yellow and an extra stage win. We're very pleased that it's going this well.
Talking to Team Sky's official website, Froome said: "It wasn't the plan to go for the stage win, my only concern was keeping Bradley up there.
"We'd come to see this climb previously and I knew what the finish was like. When it came to it I thought 'I'm there, I've got the legs, so why not give it a kick and see what happens'.
"I just couldn't believe it when Cadel couldn't follow my wheel. I thought: 'Wow! This could actually come off,' - and it did.
"I'm speechless really at what we've achieved today in terms of British cycling – it's a dream come true and I never thought I'd win a stage here, so I'm chuffed to bits but there's still a long way to race."
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