Alberto Contador believes Chris Froome goes into the 2015 Tour de France as favourite due to the number of climbs on the route.
Team Sky rider Froome was expected to do well in this year's edition of the race, but injury hampered his preparations and he was forced to withdraw after a number of crashes after five stages.
In Froome's absence Tinkoff-Saxo's Vincenzo Nibali went on to win the race, with Contador also withdrawing due to a broken leg.
When details of the 2015 Tour were announced, Froome suggested he may focus on other races, but Contador believes the route suits the 2013 winner perfectly.
"Some people have said [the route] isn't for Froome because there's no long time trial and it's more for the climbers," the Spaniard told Cycling Weekly.
"But Froome isn't a climber? Of course he is a climber. He was the best climber in 2013 and I still think he's the favourite for next year.
"It's crucial for the sport that the strongest riders race against each other in the best races.
"I think the Tour lost a little when Froome and me crashed [in 2014]."
The 2015 Tour begins in Utrecht on July 4 and makes its way through seven mountain stages before reaching Paris three weeks later.