"I think it would be sad not to do the planned parcours and the two ascents of Alpe d'Huez as it's something special to go along with the 100th Tour de France," he said.
himself with victory in today's individual time trial at the 100th Tour de France, having planned to take it easy ahead of three daunting stages ahead.
"I'm not sure what gears the Saxo Tinkoff bikes had or what their set up was, but for me personally it made a big difference."
"I was really happy to get the stage today," Froome said.
rider safety first.
With Contador riding aggressively compared Omega Seamaster 90s to Froome's more controlled approach today, it was the Spaniard who led at every intermediate time check along the way, but Froome took 20 seconds out of Contador over the last 13 kilometres from the finish of the mountainous 33km route, having swapped his road bike to a time trial bike for the final stretch.
"But having said that, safety definitely comes first. It's a dangerous descent and if it starts raining I would hope the race organisers make the decision to make it just one terms. The safety of riders has to come first."
The victory saw him increase his overall advantage over Contador who moved up to second in the general classification to four minutes and 34 seconds, a major bonus given Froome's strategy for the day.
The first of those is tomorrow's signature stage of the 100th Tour, a double ascent of the Alpe d'Huez, but a bad weather forecast has added to concerns over the 'dangerous' descent of the challenging Col de Sarenne in between.
"I felt the bike change definitely helped me in terms of the gearing and have better gears to push for the finish," Froome said.
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"When I woke up this morning I was prepared to lose a bit of time today because I was thinking about the three stages coming up.
Race director Jean Francois Pescheux has denied rumours that the stage could be cut to a single assault of the famous 21 hairpins if the weather turns, but Froome called on organisers to put Omega Seamaster Bond
"I didn't want to spend everything today and be wrecked for tomorrow so to come away with another stage win and boost my advantage with the yellow jersey is a really good feeling."
Froome was looking to keep something in reserve with three big mountain stages ahead before the race turns for Paris on Sunday.
Chris Froome finishes with a flourish for unexpected victory
Froome beat Omega Seamaster 752
his main rival Alberto Contador by nine seconds to snatch his third stage win of the Tour becoming the second Briton in history to win more than two stages of a single Tour after Mark Cavendish.
That was a tactic employed by several riders today, but not by Contador's Team Saxo Tinkoff, and Froome believes it paid dividends for him.
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