Froome facing a bumpy ride in Tour defence
Tour de France champion Chris Froome believes the 2014 version could prove to be more of a lottery due to nine cobbled sections of a tricky fifth stage.
The full route of the 101st edition of the Tour was announced yesterday and the speculation regarding a return to a cobbled stage for the first time since 2010 was confirmed.
Starting in Leeds on July 5, the route features two stages in Yorkshire and a Cambridge to London third stage before transferring across the Channel with the fifth stage from Ypres containing the nine cobbled sections covering over 9.3miles and guiding the riders to Arenberg and marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
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