3. 00:16 SOUNDBITE: (English), Chris Froome, Team Sky "To be labelled the favourite never sits comfortably for me. It's not a position I like to think of myself being in, but it is understandable, given the build up that I have had to the Tour de France. But I am fully aware that once we get to Corsica, then none of the races we have done in the build up to the Tour de France mean anything anymore. It then starts, everyone starts on zero and the race starts. So I think if we can get there and just stay focused on the race, then hopefully things should go according to plan."
4. 01:00 Pan of Froome
5. 01:05 SOUNDBITE: (English), Chris Froome, Team Sky "I think (Alberto) Contador is shaping up to be my biggest rival at this point. I know he has won multiple grand tours already and he certainly knows what to do to be ready for those races."
6. 01:27 Close up of Froome
7. 01:31 SOUNDBITE: (English), Chris Froome, Team Sky "The revelations from (lance) Armstrong last year were a big hit to all of us, the fans, the professionals still in the sport now. We are all being painted with the same brush if you like, so I think it is up to us now to use this as an opportunity to show that the sport has changed, and it is a completely different cycling to that era. There are new methods of training, new methods on nutrition. We are working really hard obviously to get the results that we are getting, so it is up to us now to show the fans that this is how cycling has changed."
8. 02:19 Tilt up from hands to Froome
9. 02:28 Close up of Froome
10. 02:33 SOUNDBITE: (English), Chris Froome, Team Sky (About climbing Alpes d'Huez twice on stage 18) "That is definitely bordering on sadistic, but I think that's going to be, it's a big talking point for the 100th edition of this years Tour de France and I can only imagine what it would like to win a stage like that, that would be amazing."
11. 02:57 Close up of Froome
12. 03:02 SOUNDBITE: (French), Chris Froome, Team Sky "It is a bit hard to know that I am the favourite this year, but I will do the best possible race."
Ahead of the Tour de France Kenyan-born British rider Chris Froome told sntv on Tuesday (18th June) that being labelled the favourite "never sits comfortably", but the Team Sky rider admitted it was "understandable" considering his form this year.
With the defending Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins out of the race due to a combination of injury and illness, his Team Sky teammate Chris Froome is one of the leading contenders to take advantage.
The Kenyan-born British rider has made no secret of his desire to secure success on the Champs-Elysees.
He finished second to Wiggins last year, two minutes and five seconds behind.
Froome has been in good form this year in the lead up to the Tour de France and has already secured victory in the Tour of Oman, Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour of Romandie, but was wary of the favourites tag that has been put on him.
"To be labelled the favourite never sits comfortably for me. It's not a position I like to think of myself being in, but it is understandable, given the build up that I have had to the Tour de France. But I am fully aware that once we get to Corsica, then none of the races we have done in the build up to the Tour de France mean anything anymore." he said.
The 28-year-old's described former champion Alberto Contador as his "biggest rival", the Spaniard has won the race three times, but was stripped of his 2010 victory after testing positive for an illegal substance.
The 100th edition of the Tour de France starts on July 29th in Corsica and finishes in Paris on Sunday July 21st.