I guess you can apparently rationalize "barely able to walk" with "recovery nearly complete" but it's nonsense.He couldn't barely walk 1 year ago, there's some videos showing that, but at the same time he could train on the bike, so he thought that he was recovered to compete on a bike, but obviously not, his muscles were full of imbalances, he should have just focus on rehab and gymn in 2020 not on the bike.
So at the end of October last year he had some potentially severe pain in I guess his hip. That certainly would be limiting and would clearly cause a regression. That's fine but it's also not "barely able to walk" nor is it "a year ago" (somewhere in the June/July time frame).Because in April 2020, he didn't know this would happen .....
“I went to have some scans done straight after the Vuelta and we found that one of the screws was actually piercing through the bone and potentially causing a bit of a grating sensation on the muscle as I was cycling.”
Chris Froome says that "unexplainable pain” and problems with his right quad have hindered his comeback from his nasty crash in 2019.www.eurosport.com
If it indeed is sorted out, then his performance this year is even more atrocious.Froome seems to think the imbalance in the power of his legs is sorted:
"Froome estimates that he was riding with a 20 per cent deficit in quad strength on the right-hand side last year. He spent much of his winter in California at the Red Bull High Performance Centre in Santa Monica addressing this imbalance. “A big chunk of the first part of this year was also spent doing rehab',” he says. “I think that was a necessary step to take, but it meant that probably the riding side of things got compromised. Anyway, I’m confident that is no longer a factor.”"
I remain to be convinced but we'll see.
Probably thats for the best, he has proven he could come back from his crash to start the Tdf again, now if he could finish it somewhere btwn 50th and 100th in the GC wouldnt be much of a bigger achievement.Chris Horner said he should not even start the TdF because he looks like he's "100 watts" down on the power he needs to race at this level.
Maybe, that won't happen now anyway.
Yeah he 'came back' and took the slot of a more deserving rider, who might actually be of some use to his team.....Probably thats for the best, he has proven he could come back from his crash to start the Tdf again, now if he could finish it somewhere btwn 50th and 100th in the GC wouldnt be much of a bigger achievement.
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