Froome, who is hoping to become the first man since Miguel Indurain
in 1995 to defend the title, is wary.
Phil Elwell, director at Digbethbased Traffic, said: "Reynolds is a well-known brand within the cycling community and has produced steel tubing lines that went on to be used by teams competing in the Tour de France from 1956 onwards with an unmatched 27 wins by famous competitors like Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain
and Greg Lemond.
BIRTHDAYS: Anita Brookner, novelist, 87; Sir George Young, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal, 74; Frank Field, MP, 73; Lorraine Chase, actress, 64; Stewart Copeland, rock musician (The Police), 63; Michael Flatley, dancer, 57; Miguel Indurain
, former cyclist, 51; Johnny Vaughan, TV and radio presenter, 49.
They are: Lucien Petit-Breton (France), Fausto Coppi (Italy), Jacques Anquetil (France), Eddy Merckx (Belgium), Miguel Indurain
(Spain) and Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain).
Roared on by the partisan crowd, which included fellow Tour winner and one-time Hour Record holder Miguel Indurain
, 35-year-old Wiggins went through 100 laps at a speed of 54.
Only Eddy Merckx (11), Bernard Hinault (10), Jacques Anquetil (8), Fausto Coppi and Miguel Indurain
(7) have won more grand tours than Contador.
Spending ten days with Kelly they will have intimate time with him to get training tips and to hear some of his tales of racing against Eddie Merckx, Greg LeMond, Laurent Fignon, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain
at the European classics and Grand Tours.
But he has no doubt that Froome is ready to become the Tour's first back-to-back winner since Spaniard Miguel Indurain
20 years ago.
With Armstrong's victories now struck from the record books, Britain's Chris Froome will next year bid to become the first cyclist to win back-to-back Le Tours since Miguel Indurain
won five in a row in the early 1990s.
AN EXCEPTIONAL piece of sporting history is going under the hammer at a Teesside auctioneers - a bike belonging to cycling legend Miguel Indurain
The winner of the previous two years, Miguel Indurain
, successfully defended his title.
It features legends such as Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain
, as well as British heroes Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.