Froome ready for all-comers and the fabled Mont Ventoux

Chris Froome is primed and ready to tackle what could be a potentially decisive stage in his bid to become the second British cyclist to win the Tour de France's yellow jersey.

Froome, the runner-up behind Sir Bradley Wiggins last year, maintained his two minute advantage over nearest general classification rivals Bauke Mollema and Alberto Contador after the 14th stage.

But Sunday will see the field tackle one of the most brutal profiles of this year's race - 240km of hard riding culminating with a climb up the fabled Mont Ventoux.

"A lot of people have spent a lot of energy in the last few days so it’s going to be an interesting one and there’ll be quite a fight up on Mont Ventoux," said Froome.

"Winning on top of Mont Ventoux – in cycling terms that has to be a dream come true – I’m sure a lot of people will be going for it."

Team Sky principal Sir David Brailsford knows Froome will be hunted on Sunday - but insists his team are ready for the challenge.

"Our tactic will be to ride fast and I don’t think we have any reason to afraid of any other teams," he told

"Chris has already shown that he can climb really well and time trial really well. He’s in great shape and we’re really looking forward to it – we can’t wait to get onto Mont Ventoux.

"Chris was in super condition today, as were the rest of the team, and they are excited too. They’ve been waiting for a long time for tomorrow’s stage. It’s going to be exciting and we want to race."

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