Teams & Riders Chris Froome Discussion Thread.

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it's officially over, the legend has spoken.

Bauke Mollema does not think Chris Froome will be able to win the Tour de France this year. “I don't actually include Froome anymore. You can see that he is not at the level where he will just win the Tour, I think
 
Hard to say as TJV is obviously in Tour form already, Ineos on the other hand likely still gradually building up the form. Today Froome performed good. If he can add to it, on Critérium du Dauphiné, then likely his place in the Ineos Tour squad is secured.
 
Froome (almost) did drop Bernal. Critérium du Dauphiné should give the final answer. Still, on Critérium du Dauphiné Froome should likely be compared to his teammates, not to TJV riders. Both teams use different strategy, when it comes to "bulking" for the Tour.
 
Thomas may have soft pedaled as it was his first race in many months, however Froome was clearly going wayyyyy into the red, seemingly wanting to make things difficult for Bernal. Seemed a bit odd to me, seeing as it's such a minor race.

Would be quite shocking if Froome could ride a GC at the Dauphiné. Can't rule it out though since it's Froome and INEOS we're talking about, but I don't expect it to happen.
 
I’d rule it out.....Froome could fully start the CD with the idea in his mind of going for GC but that will quickly change once they’re in the mountains. He won’t be able to begin to keep up with Roglic and Quintana that quickly.
 
Froome (almost) did drop Bernal. Critérium du Dauphiné should give the final answer. Still, on Critérium du Dauphiné Froome should likely be compared to his teammates, not to TJV riders. Both teams use different strategy, when it comes to "bulking" for the Tour.
What are you talking about?
Nothing happened yesterday. Nothing. Froome is improving his form just like Thomas as well. I am not surprised at all.
 
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Froome at least pretends to be very tranquilo for now.

I agree though that his form is questionable. I would expect that after what he's been through he would have tried to get to peak form earlier than usual. Does he even know for sure himself if he can get back to 100%?

He may get taken to the Tour regardless of what happens in the Dauphine, I don't know, but if he doesn't show up there, I wouldn't be confident of his chances to even challenge the contenders.
 
Critérium du Dauphiné is such a suitable race, to determine the final strategy. It lasts long enough, one team likely won't be able to dominate the whole race, all stages end in a way they will expose favorites on the Tour.
 
Froome really needs a incredible performance a la Pierre St Martin/Ax 3 to win the Tour and I'm not sure he still has it in him. Bernal and Roglic are tougher than any opponent he faced.
He should've been in better shape by now.
 
I think Ineos could be fine with Froome in the team, if they can give him some slack in the first half and let him race steady to peak condition. Everybody knows he only improves during the race and may come out very valuable during last quarter. If he stays upright. If JV is peaked early as it looks, they probably hit hard right away and if they keep the jersey, it's even better.
 

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