Froome last won the Dauphine in 2013 – the same year he won the Tour.
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Chris Froome struggled for form, then crashed but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title, although micro managers Team Sky will struggle to control the race like they usually do.Froome, who claimed the 2013 Tour having won almost every race he entered in the buildup to the three-week extravaganza, took a rockier road this year before taking overall victory in the Criterium du Dauphine, the prestigious warmup for the Tour.A couple of trademark late attacks in the final climbs helped him beat American Tejay van Garderen while defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali was still struggling for fitness.Before he got there, Froome was forced to skip the Tirreno-Adriatico weeklong race in March because of illness and looked lost in the Tour of Catalunya later that month before crashing in the Fleche Wallonne classic in April.
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