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.”