Chris Froome says it would be “really special” to be part of a winning World Championship Team Time Trial squad on Sunday.
Froome will line up for Team Sky just a week after sealing victory – and an historic Tour/Vuelta double – in Madrid.
However, he says that he is already hungry for more success with the team in Norway.
“It’s already been such a special season. To win the TTT for the team here would just be magic.
“It would be something really special to be part of a winning team on Sunday. The whole season you are looking at how to win a race as an individual as part of your team, but this is purely about winning as a team.”
Froome says that, despite the exertions of the past few months, he is still feeling in good shape.
“I came through the Vuelta well – certainly better than in previous years. I think that’s down to how we have structured the season, holding back and starting later on.
“There was always that chance that if I was on my hands and knees at the end of the Vuelta it would have made no sense to come to Norway, but that doesn’t feel like it’s the case. Physically I feel pretty good, still.
“Mentally, it’s more of a challenge. I did the Tour de France, then didn’t really spend much time at home as I went straight up to altitude, back down and then basically straight on to the Vuelta, so I’ve not really been home for the last three months, really. It’s been a long block for me.
“Winning the Vuelta has been a goal for me for six, seven years now and something mentally I was really invested in – just trying to get to Madrid in the red jersey. After that there is obviously a natural deflation - you’ve reached your goal and you can relax. But there is a new goal here and so I’ve stayed focused and on it for that.
“That is difficult. It would be easy to say ‘that’s enough’ after the Vuelta and to go home, but I’m a bike rider. There was no question in my mind whether I would come here or not. I’m committed to it and here to help the team win. It’s a big goal for the team and it’s something we’ve never done before.”
It would be easy to say ‘that’s enough’ after the Vuelta and to go home, but I’m a bike rider. There was no question in my mind whether I would come here or not.
Ahead of Sunday, Froome was upbeat about the team’s chances in what will be a long and undulating 42.5km TTT in Bergen.
“We’ve had a look at the course and it will be a tough TTT, that’s for sure. There’s almost no flat road – it’s always up and down and that will make it really challenging.
“Having said that, we have a strong group of guys here and a team that should be really competitive on this course. It’s a great line up of guys who are all really motivated, even after a tough Tour and Vuelta.
“I think the course suits us as a team. It’s hard for every team to plan the effort it’s going to take, but we probably have more climbers than pure rouleurs, which is hopefully in our favour. But there are a lot of strong teams out there and it will take a lot to win.
“We’ll give it everything we’ve got.”