"It was always the tactic to ride a three-week race and basically not to go out there on one day with the aim of trying to blow the race apart and smash it".
Froome conquered it anyway, drawing on his experience and the vast strength of his team to keep rivals at bay.
Team Sky have planned their tour to perfection, and once again, they have been the organisation with the most conclusive tactics.
"I didn't think it would come down to this time trial in Marseille, but it did".
Over the three weeks, Froome executed fewer of his trademark devastating accelerations in the high mountains.
With focus on the time trial, the leaders had a relatively quiet stage during yesterday's mammoth 222.5km trek to Salon-de-Provence, won in a solo late attack by Team Dimension Data's Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.
"He is the best time triallist in the group but we have to see how everyone gets through the next two stages". Plenty of teams are still searching for a stage win, but in particular watch out for Daryl Impey, a host of FDJ, UAE or Bahrain-Merida riders, and any of the wildcard teams with Dion Smith of Wanty-Groupe and Maxime Bouet of Fortuneo headlining the cause.
"It's certainly not getting any easier each year".
The 32-year-old took time out of all his major yellow jersey rivals on a 22.5km individual time trial in Marseille. "Some days I was really hurting to stay with the best guys".
This Tour turned out to be one of absences and premature exits.
Nairo Quintana, who was targeting a Giro d'Italia-Tour double this season, will finish outside the top 10 in France after taking second place in Italy.
Bury's Simon Yates hung on to seventh place overall, securing the young riders' white jersey which was won by his twin brother and Orica-Scott team-mate Adam 12 months ago. He is quoted as once having said: "Leave me in peace". "A little bit relieved".
Uran had a strong ride on Stage 20 despite a final corner mishap that saw him narrowly avoid a crash. I just spoke with my wife, she's headed to Paris today with my son, and I can't wait to get there. "For sure, I'm looking forward to the Champs Elysees wearing the jersey".
Froome was relieved to put the Alps behind him.
The sight of Froome in yellow has become a familiar one since he won his first Tour in 2013, and the Sky rider is one of the favourites for today's stage win.
Uran lost a couple of seconds at the top, and is now 29 seconds back from Froome in third place.
As a outcome, Bardet moved a tiny bit closer to Froome overall, having been 27 seconds behind him at the start of the stage in Briancon.
"I heard that Chris Froome had been abused at times during yesterday's stage", he said.