Froome successfully defends Tour de Romandie title

04 May 2014 / 18:39

Chris Froome insists he is starting to feel like his old self again as his Tour de France preparations were boosted as he successfully defended his Tour de Romandie title.

The reigning Tour de France champion dominated the 18.5km concluding time-trial in Switzerland, beating world time-trial champion Tony Martin by a second.

And it meant that the Brit was able to seal a 28-second victory over Simon Spilak to finish top of the pile for a second straight year.

It was Team Sky's third successive win in the event after Sir Bradley Wiggins' win in 2012 and Froome's the following year.

This year has been far from plain sailing for Froome so far as he has struggled with illness and injury, but the 28-year-old is adamant he can see light at the end of the tunnel.

"This has been a really hard period for me recently," he told "I have had a chest infection and I have had problems with my back this season, so it hasn't been very easy.

"I have worked really hard to get back to this kind of condition. I just hope that I can continue to build towards the Tour de France.

"This year was a bit of a different race. We didn't have any hilltop finishes, so it did make the race a bit different, but I am really happy to have been able to defend the title.

"It was a really good test for me and I am just really happy to have got the result and be back in a yellow jersey again. It's a really good feeling."

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