Froome taking each day as it comes

14 May 2018

Froome taking each day as it comes

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Chris Froome plans to take each day as it comes at the Giro d’Italia as he aims to ride his way back into the race.

Froome finds himself 11th overall after nine stages, 2’27” behind race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).
 
And the four-time Tour de France winner has vowed to keep fighting as he sticks to his pre-race plan of growing in strength through the Giro.
 
Speaking on the race’s second rest day, he said: “I always came into the Giro with the plan of building into the race, with the bigger goal of doing the Giro d’Italia and going on to the Tour de France. It was never my objective to arrive right at the beginning of the Giro absolutely firing on all cylinders because as we’ve seen in riders who’ve done that in the past, they reach July and just have nothing.
 
“I was always looking to build through this period, but I think the crash [before stage one] was a setback to me. I also think the second crash [during stage eight] didn’t help, also on my right side, but we’re here and that’s the nature of cycling.
 
“I’m here, soaking it up, and really enjoying racing here in Italy. It’s been tough but it’s been good bike racing.”

Yates has been the standout rider of the race so far and Froome was full of admiration for his fellow Brit.
 
He added: “Mitchelton-Scott are in such a commanding position and they’ve ridden such a good race so far. It’s great to see another Brit in the leader’s jersey. I’m genuinely happy for Simon. It’s a huge achievement, what he’s been able to do so far, and he seems to be coping really well under pressure.
 
“I’m going to be trying to give him a tough time in the second half of this race but nonetheless it’s great to see another Brit in pink. He’s got the team to support him, so he’s definitely going to take a lot of beating.”
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Chris Froome

Chris Froome

I’m going to take the race one day at a time... I’m here to race. I’m a bike racer and that’s what I’m going to do.
Froome concedes that the gap to Yates is already substantial, but doesn’t believe that it’s insurmountable.
 
“It is a big gap,” he continued, “but we’ve got some extremely tough racing coming and we’ve got a long time trial as well. I wouldn’t say it’s likely at this point, but stranger things have happened.
 
“I’m going to take the race one day at a time. I still want to do the best I can do: if that’s 20th place, if it’s second place, or if it’s first place. I’m here to race. I’m a bike racer and that’s what I’m going to do.”
 
As well as the rolling 34 kilometre time trial on stage 16, from Trento to Rovereto, there are still seven mountain stages to come at the Giro, including the infamous Monte Zoncolan climb on stage 14.
 
And Froome remains hopeful of riding into form with a strong team around him.
 
"Whenever you crash the body is going to take a bit of an impact and I’m not pedalling the same as I normally do. That’s something I hope today, the rest day, will hope compensate for a little bit. Hopefully I start feeling a little bit more like myself in the second part of the race.
 
“The team has been great. It looks different to how it would normally look if we were on the front with the leader’s jersey every day, it’s going to look different when we don’t have the leader’s jersey.
 
“I’m taking it day-by-day at this point. I’m hoping to feel better and obviously if I am feeling better I’m going to take the race on the best I can.”
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