The Team Sky man has been in survival mode for the first week of the Tour, simply trying to avoid trouble on the twisty roads of Corsica and the relative flat of the Mediterranean coastline.
But Saturday's 195-kilometres stage takes the riders from Castres to the ski resort of Ax 3 Domaines, with the first hors categorie climb of the Tour expected to see Froome and his main rival Alberto Contador throw their opening punches.
"The first real mountain stage is a bit like the first round in boxing - you go in and test your partner to see how his fitness is and I'm sure there will be a bit of sparring tomorrow [Saturday]," Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said.
This is what Froome has waited for. Where Sir Bradley Wiggins won last year's Tour on the back of his time-trialling ability, Froome is a climber, and this year's mountainous course is to his liking.
It is what he and his chief lieutenant Richie Porte relish, and Froome has spoken of little else all week except his desire for the road to start ramping upward.
"It will definitely be a fight on the climb tomorrow [Saturday] up to the finish," Froome said. "This is what we've trained for and we're looking forward to putting it to good use now."
Froome's climbing ability, combined with Sky's renowned ability to control the pace of the peloton on the mountains, makes him the odds-on favourite to win Saturday's stage - a prize that will likely come with the yellow jersey currently held by his former Barloworld team-mate Daryl Impey.
As is Sky's way, there will be no focus placed on the potential to take yellow on Saturday, but instead a methodical plan based only on playing the long game.
"I think we've got a well-established style of racing already," Froome added. "I don't see us doing anything differently. Obviously in the heat of the race you've got to be able to make calls within those last few kilometres and I'm sure it's going to come down to that tomorrow [Saturday]."
Froome will start the day seventh in the general classification - eight seconds behind Impey and six seconds ahead of Contador.
All of the GC contenders came home in the peloton in Friday's stage into Albi, with no time lost or gained as green jersey-holder Peter Sagan got off the mark with his first stage win of this year's Tour after three second-placed finishes.
Sagan's Cannondale team set a furious pace along the rolling roads from Montpellier as they bid to end Sagan's spell as the bridesmaid, but Sky were able to keep with them in the peloton.
"I think most of us knew it was going to come down to a bunch sprint but we didn't expect Cannondale to take it up the way they did," Froome said.
"That made the race a bit harder but we were safe in the front with a few other guys. We were glad to get to the finish and we're a day closer to the mountains now."