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A 5th victory in the Tour de France? Froome still believes in it

While resuming competition this week on the UAE Tour, Chris Froome spoke at length to the British daily The Guardian and said he believed in his ability to win the Tour de France a fifth time.

It’s a new start for Chris Froome. After eleven seasons with the same team, Sky then Ineos, the four-time winner of the Tour de France joined the Israel Start-Up Nation formation. On the occasion of the UAE Tour, the native of Nairobi makes his first laps of the wheel under his new colors, he who comes out of several months of preparation in California in order to try to find the form which was his before his violent fall on the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019. If he confirms that he still feels discomfort on the right side due to a plate, Chris Froome ensures that this no longer has any consequences on his performance on the bike.

“All the rehabilitation work translates into more power on the bike,” said the rider of the Israel Start-Up Nation team in a long interview with the British daily The Guardian. On this occasion, Chris Froome took stock of his ambitions and they are very clear: aim for a fifth Tour de France. “It will be a huge demand but, with four titles, I’m so close to the record of five. Nothing prevents me, so I would like to give the best of myself and win a fifth, assures the Briton. It is often the mind that takes precedence over matter, so I hope the body will follow. “

Froome convinced of being able to run until 40

At 35, Chris Froome is undoubtedly in the home stretch of his career. His contract with Israel Start-Up Nation to be his last. But, taking the example of Tom Brady, recently winner of his seventh Super Bowl at 43, the Briton does not rule out going as far as possible. “I would like to stay competitive for another five years, if possible,” assures the winner of seven Grand Tours. In professional sport we are seeing more and more examples showing that it can be done, the most recent being that of Tom Brady, a pretty incredible story. “

Assuring to like “to make parallels with other sports” and observing that careers are getting longer and longer, Chris Froome presented his vision of things and what could allow him to go up to 40 years. “There are many reasons that can explain this greater longevity, but it is mainly related to nutrition and physiology. Everything is changing, assures the native of Nairobi. We always know more about our bodies and I firmly believe that it has more to do with the state of mind shown beyond 35 years. “If he intends to come and join in the fight for victory in the Tour de France with Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic or even Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome will especially have to get back in shape, he who is already a quarter of an hour from Tadej Pogacar after the third stage of the UAE Tour.