Froome hunting a fifth Tour de France title

02 Jan 2019

Froome hunting a fifth Tour de France title

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Chris Froome has admitted that the lure of a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title took priority when planning his 2019 season.

A six-time Grand Tour winner, Froome is eyeing a fifth Tour crown in a year that will see him mix up his usual race programme.
 
Explaining his decision to target the Tour, Froome said: “It’s been a hard decision to figure out exactly what to do in 2019 and figure out which Grand Tours to focus on, especially having won the Giro last year and having had such an amazing time out there with the team – but for 2019, my number one objective is going to be the Tour de France.
 
“It was definitely a difficult decision not to go back to the Giro d’Italia and defend the maglia rosa. I’ve got some amazing memories from last year, but I think, with the Tour de France as my main objective, it’s probably better that I skip the Giro d’Italia in 2019.
 
“I’m getting to the point in my career now where I’m starting to think about what kind of legacy I want to leave behind and if I am able to win the Tour de France for a fifth time and join that very elite group of bike riders - only four other people have ever done that - it would just be incredible.”
 

Froome on his 2019 plans

Froome on his 2019 plans

The 32 year old will start his season in Colombia at the Tour Colombia - a trip Froome is relishing - and then tackle the UAE Tour, before hopefully tackling the Tour de Yorkshire for the first time ever.
 
“My race programme next year is going to be a little different,” he explained. “I’ll be starting off the year over in Colombia for a bit of a change. We’ll go and do a training camp out there up at altitude too, before going on to the UAE Tour. They are two races that I’ve never done before but I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into. It’s nice to go for something that’s not the same, year-in, year-out. I’m looking forward to those two events.
 
“I went out to Colombia for a few days in November and it was just incredible, absolutely incredible. There was an amazing atmosphere and it was amazing to see how passionate people are out in Colombia about our sport and how closely they follow professional cycling over there. I’m really looking forward to racing Tour Colombia in February and if the crowds are anything like they were last year we’re in for a fantastic time.
Chris Froome

Chris Froome

I’d love to race more in the UK and Yorkshire hosted the start of the Tour de France a few years ago and the atmosphere was just incredible.
“Later in the year I’ve potentially got the Tour de Yorkshire on my programme. I’d love to race more in the UK and Yorkshire hosted the start of the Tour de France a few years ago and the atmosphere was just incredible. The race has been growing year-on-year and I’d love to get out there next year as well.”
 
There’s a lot of racing to come before the Tour de France and a lot for Froome to get ready for.
 
“The Tour route next year is definitely a difficult one,” he opined. “It’s challenging in a lot of different aspects. More than ever the climbing is going to be emphasised again with very high summit finishes - over 2,000m in altitude - so that’s going to be another element to really prepare for. Spending time at altitude beforehand will be really important.
 
“As always with a team time trial, and an individual time trial on the penultimate stage, time trialling is going to be key as well, keeping that dynamic of who’s going to be in front at what point and who has to be defending, attacking. There’ll be a lot of time on the TT bike and there’s a lot to get ready for.”
Froome on targeting a fifth Tour de France

Froome on targeting a fifth Tour de France

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