PARIS (AP)– 4 months after a career-threatening high-speed crash left him with several fractures, Chris Froome has actually resumed training in the hope that he can complete for a record-equaling fifth Trip de France title.
Still a bit unstable on his feet, the Group Ineos leader attended the 2020 race presentation on Tuesday together with colleague Egan Bernal, the 22- year-old prodigy from Colombia who ended up being the Tour champ while Froome remained in his sick bed.
” I’m on the roadway to recovery still,” Froome said. “I’ve made it back onto the bike in this last month, which has actually been fantastic. I’m heading in the right direction.”
In June, simply a couple of weeks prior to the Trip start, Froome hit a wall throughout a training flight as he prepared for biking’s biggest race. He went through a six-hour operation after breaking his right thigh, elbow and numerous ribs in the crash that ended his season.
” I’ve still got a plate on my hip that requires to get removed quickly, and once that comes off I think things will begin to enhance a little bit much faster,” Froome said.
Froome, who won the Tour de France in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, could join an elite club of four riders with five Tour victories, including Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.
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But time could be an aspect for the Kenyan-born professional athlete. Now 34, Froome has no assurances he will be able to completely recuperate, and he is dealing with strong competition within his own team with Bernal and Geraint Thomas, the Welshman who dismissed Froome at the 2018 Trip.
” We’ve got an amazing line up, an incredible roster of riders to choose from,” Froome said. “There is absolutely nothing chose yet. For me, personally, I have clearly to get myself back to that level before even going over leadership, or anything like that. At least, for now, everything is going the best direction. I’m optimistic.”
In his mission for a 5th title, Froome won’t be assisted by the race route, which includes just 36 kilometers of time trials, a specialized he excelled at before his crash.
” However there will be a great deal of chances, actually, for the general classification to play out,” he said. “It must be an interesting Tour.”
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