Froome excited after Tour route revealed

15 Oct 2019

Froome excited after Tour route revealed

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Chris Froome is relishing the prospect of returning to the Tour de France next season.

The Team INEOS rider is ramping up his training as he continues his return from the serious injuries he sustained at the Criterium du Dauphine.
 
Speaking on Tuesday as a mountainous route was presented in Paris, the four-time race winner believes the parcours should lead to a thrilling event, with Froome targeting his Grand Tour return in June.
 
“I think it’s a brutal Tour – probably the hardest I’ve seen in the last five or six years at least,” he explained.
 
“It’s great – there’s loads of opportunities for the general classification to play out and the main rivals to go head to head. That’s what everyone wants to see. It should be an exciting race, hopefully it will live up the same standards as this year. 
 
“There are no guarantees in sport but I’m going to give it everything I have.”
Chris Froome

Chris Froome

I just see it as such an amazing opportunity that I have ahead of me now, that we’re even talking about coming back for next year.
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Froome’s motivation to return has never been in doubt, with the Brit now able to focus on the challenge at hand, with the profile of all 21 stages now revealed.
 
He added: “Initially when I woke up in the ICU, all I wanted to hear was that it would be possible to come back to the same level. As soon as I knew that then everything was so much clearer for me. I had a clear goal and that’s to get back to the Tour de France next year.
 
“Given the injuries I’ve had I think a lot of people would have seen that a career-ending crash. I’m extremely lucky to be where I am now. I just see it as such an amazing opportunity that I have ahead of me now, that we’re even talking about coming back for next year.
 
“I’ve still got a big plate on my hip at the moment. Hopefully at the end of this month we’ll remove that. From that moment on hopefully things should start to improve even more.”
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Froome also expanded on the support he’s received during his rehabilitation. He said: “I’ve been extremely lucky over the last few months to have the support that I’ve had from family, friends and the team. The rehabilitation has gone as well as I could have hoped. I’m back on the bike now, so I get out for two or three hours most days. But I’m working quite hard off the bike as well, trying to improve the strength of the leg that I broke.”
Sir Dave Brailsford

Sir Dave Brailsford

When he sees this course and this route he’ll be ready to go.
Team INEOS Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford was also in Paris to see the route revealed and explained that Froome’s great mental strength will be a major asset as he continues his comeback.
 
He said: “He’s back training now and doing efforts. He’s still got a long way to go, there’s no doubt about that, but he’s on the right track. He’s very motivated and psychologically he’s very motivated, which is the most important thing. He hasn’t let it knock him back – if anything it’s made him stronger. 

“He gets up early in the morning with his physio and he has something on all day with his recovery programme. He’s more determined now than he’s ever been. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so hungry and determined.
 
“When he sees this course and this route he’ll be ready to go. He knows the roads down in Nice and that first block very well. It’s a hard, mountainous race. People are going to be really tired at the end of this race, so that final mountain time trial will be important. Somebody like Chris and the guys will be looking at that thinking ‘I can win that.’”

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