Roche dreaming about Froome triumph


Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Team Sky’s new signing Nicolas Roche says it would be a dream come true to help Chris Froome win the Tour de France this year.

Roche, who has raced 13 Grand Tours already in his career, was one of five new riders to join Sky in September and is expected to play a major role in Froome’s bid for glory in July.

The Irishman’s move also weakens Froome’s main rival in Paris, Alberto Contador, who previously enjoyed Roche’s support at Tinkoff-Saxo.

“It has always been my dream to ride down the Champs Elysees with the yellow jersey in the team, that would be a brilliant success,” Roche told Press Association Sport.

“My priority is to be at the top of the Tour and give my maximum to support to Chris.

“That’s something I agreed on when I joined, it’s something I wanted and I’m very happy to do that.”

Roche’s move from Tinkoff-Saxo was not the only movement between the two teams last year after Sky director Sean Yates also switched allegiances in November.

“I enjoyed my time with Tinkoff-Saxo, I had two good years there but now I’ve turned a page and it’s a whole new challenge,” Roche said.

“Can I bring some wisdom from Tinkoff to Sky? There isn’t much more wisdom this team can have – but definitely, I have an understanding of how Tinkoff-Saxo work.

“They also have an understanding of how Sky works though, they’ve recruited many people from here in recent years.”

Roche, who is the son of 1987 Tour de France winner and world champion Stephen Roche, triumphed at the Route du Sud last year and also won a stage at the Vuelta a Espana.

Team principal Dave Brailsford revealed he wanted to sign Roche two years ago and is delighted to have finally got his man.

“In Nico we saw a very experienced rider who we feel from a personality view and a cultural point of view would fit fantastically well with our team,” Brailsford said.

“He’s been around a long time – he grew up with a father who was winning the Tour de France so he’s learned just by osmosis really.

“He’s an experienced Grand Tour rider, he’s got a fantastic kick, he’s got a punch and we felt he would be a great benefit.

“He’s of the mindset where he’s willing to provide the self-sacrifice that’s necessary to be at the top of the Tour de France.

“We’re thrilled to have him and so far it’s been an absolute dream signing.”

Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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