Sure he can still win racing in that age group
Nah, Froome to out Pogacar Pogacar in the TT.How is Chris going? Rather a quiet Tour so far by him. How many hours does he need tomorrow to topple Pogi in the GC? Mental games have already started: Chris put the pressure on Pogi by saying he would win the race if he's still on his bike. Tomorrow should be epic.
I think the recovery from his stage 1 crash has taken too much out of him, it is just about getting to Paris at this point. He needs a rest before he can even get back to Dauphine level.So is there any reason for Froome not to go "full gas" in the time trial on Saturday?
I know before the first TT he said he was going to use it as a recovery day, but it seems to me this will be a great opportunity to see exactly where he is as there is no reason to hold back.
Occitanie was a weak field, his strongest performance was clearly Cordal at La Vuelta.Honestly, I think he was better last summer, in Occitanie, he was one of the last few in Bernal/Roglic group. Now, he is knocking round with Cavendish group. He has shown no improvement in 2021, which will be a big worry for him, even though he wouldn’t admit that publicly.
They had a water fetcher position open up.What is Froome's relationship with Patrick Lefevere like? Would Froome ride without pay? Is this the way back for him? Once Patrick has got him back to where he used to be, the Dogpack will be at his disposal. I see another of Merckx's records falling. The whole Quick Step team would be overcome with emotion.
Gilbert is riding the Tour?At least he can get people out of ravines!
Philippe Gilbert and Chris Froome rescue crashed fan from ravine - CyclingTips
With some help.
He's 135th out of 144 riders remaining in the race & over 4 hours behind. That's after 18 stages (in the Vuelta 2020 after 18 stages, he was 3 hours 32 minutes behind).This tour is going better than I imagined for Chris Froome. Expected an embarrassing display, and subsequent abandon. I've voiced my dismay over his performances over the years, but this Tour he deserves all the credit I've got to give. Dare I say, his performances have been awe inspiring all things considered. Chapeau Chris!
He's injured, of course it was going to be worse than Vuelta last year lol.He's 135th out of 144 riders remaining in the race & over 4 hours behind. That's after 18 stages (in the Vuelta 2020 after 18 stages, he was 3 hours 32 minutes behind).
So "chapeau" I guess if the point was to prove he could finish the Tour de France & make the time cuts. Oh & perhaps improve his image a little on & off the bike.
But as for actually performing like a rider on the highest salary in cycling & also "making a comeback to this former level" at some point in the future based on this race (which is the stated goal from both his team & Froome himself)? That's a no.
I mean it's pretty self-evident a 36 year old won't go from 4 hours down to getting anywhere near the top next year. The best he can hope for is a sort of ambassadorial role for his team & a quiet no-fuss exit from racing.
Froome's injury was clearly worse than most, he posted a picture of his leg on instagram and was saying he had trouble breathing, the energy from recovery can mean you don't even reach pre-race level until you get complete rest which can be seen by Lopez and Thomas.
Agree.This tour is going better than I imagined for Chris Froome. Expected an embarrassing display, and subsequent abandon. I've voiced my dismay over his performances over the years, but this Tour he deserves all the credit I've got to give. Dare I say, his performances have been awe inspiring all things considered. Chapeau Chris!
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