Froome ready for ‘biggest challenge of his career’

05 Jul 2018

Froome ready for ‘biggest challenge of his career’

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Chris Froome is prepared for the ‘biggest challenge of his career’ as he targets his fifth Tour de France title and fourth consecutive Grand Tour victory.

Froome, the reigning Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia champion, is aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as a five-time Tour France winner, while also attempting to complete the Giro-Tour double.

Speaking at the team’s pre-Tour de France press conference, Froome admitted that he was moving into unchartered territories with the ambitious race programme, but was confident that the support of an ‘amazing’ team around him would 

He said: “This year’s race will be the biggest challenge of my career. 

“It’s a huge goal for me to go for a fourth consecutive Grand Tour victory, and try to win a fifth Tour de France off the back of a Giro-Tour [schedule] that I’ve never done before.”
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Team Sky’s lineup for this race features a blend of youth and experience, with seven of the riders involved having been part of a Grand Tour-winning team, combined with the less experienced, yet talented duo of Gianni Moscon and Egan Bernal, who will be making their Tour de France debuts. 

Froome continued: “This is a complete unknown for me, I’ve got the support of an amazing team around me and obviously I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.

“There’s a balance of talent and a balance of experience with the guys around me.”

And despite the challenges of such a demanding 12 months leading into this race, the 33 year old believes his run of consecutive Grand Tour appearances, specifically last season’s success at the Tour de France followed immediately by the Vuelta, will be crucial this time round, adding: Naturally, last year doing the Tour and the Vuelta back to back I learned a lot in terms of periodisation [with my training].

“I learned when to be recovering, when to be training hard and I’d like to think that’s put me in really good shape to be able to attempt the Giro-Tour double this year.”
Chris Froome

Chris Froome

One [block] is in the Alps, one in the Pyrenees and at any one of those points the race could change so I think we’re in for an exciting month ahead."
Froome revealed that the planning for this race had been as meticulous as always, but conceded that the different blocks of racing will require varying skillsets that will test the mettle of the different ways.   

He concluded: “I think the first block [of the Tour] is very much a Classics-style block of racing and then we’ve got two very tough mountain blocks.

“One in the Alps, one in the Pyrenees and at any one of those points the race could change so I think we’re in for an exciting month ahead.”

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