Froome full of riding at Tour of the Alps

19 Apr 2018

Froome full of riding at Tour of the Alps

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Chris Froome retained fourth place overall at the Tour of the Alps following an attacking performance on the penultimate stage.

The Team Sky rider launched a number of accelerations on the second category Bannberg climb as the race passed into Austria, and eventually finished in 10th place amongst an elite group of contenders.
 
Team Sky looked to monitor and cover off moves on an intriguing 134.3-kilometre test. David de la Cruz made his way into the day’s nine-man break, and when that came back Sebastian Henao, Diego Rosa and Philip Deignan all marked attacks on an undulating run-in.
 
Kenny Elissonde put in a big dig to help bridge Froome across to the front of the race towards the summit of the final climb. Despite a number of small attacks Froome was unable to create any distance, and in the end was able to finish comfortably to retain his fourth place, 16 seconds back on race leader Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).
 
That group came home 11 second behind the day’s victor, with Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) timing his attack well to open out a gap which would never be caught.
Chris Froome

Chris Froome

It’s been good racing and I think it’s perfect for a lot of us in terms of that last bit of intensity before heading to the Giro.
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After the stage Froome admitted he was enjoying the style of racing. He explained: “It’s obviously very short, sharp stages here which does lead to aggressive racing. The GC is still very tight – with less than 20 seconds between the top four on GC. It’s been good racing and I think it’s perfect for a lot of us in terms of that last bit of intensity before heading to the Giro in a couple of weeks’ time. You can’t train like this that’s for sure so it’s really valuable.
 
“It’s a bit of a taster of what we’ll see at the Giro. You can read a bit into where people are at at the moment. Thibaut seems to be in great shape, Aru seems to be on the way up. Pozzovivo is right there and Astana have got a really strong team. I think it’s a little taster for what’s to come – but obviously there are going to be quite a few other names that come into play once we hit the Giro.”
 
Froome also reserved praise for Elissonde who once again impressed as last man on the climbs.
 
He added: “Kenny has been amazing this week. He’s really stepped up and been there in the finals. He’s really setting himself up for Giro selection that’s for sure.”
 
The race concludes with Friday’s final stage and a hilly circuit around Innsbruck.

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