Teams & Riders Chris Froome Discussion Thread.

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Is Froome over the hill?

  • Yes.

    Votes: 19 31.7%
  • No, the GC finished 40 minutes ago but Froomie is still climbing it

    Votes: 34 56.7%
  • No he is totally winning the Vuelta

    Votes: 16 26.7%

  • Total voters
    60
Froome was trying to show his worth as a domestique today but he got dropped on the Col de Menté already & had to fight to get back into the bunch. After which he did a couple of pulls at the front (& even had his name show up on the HUD!).

Although in the TdF I think his current level is a step below the minimum requirement to even be semi useful as a bottle carrier for Michael Woods tbh.
 
Froome was trying to show his worth as a domestique today but he got dropped on the Col de Menté already & had to fight to get back into the bunch. After which he did a couple of pulls at the front (& even had his name show up on the HUD!).

Although in the TdF I think his current level is a step below the minimum requirement to even be semi useful as a bottle carrier for Michael Woods tbh.
At least 3 pulls, first of them just at the moment to rejoin the peloton, 1,5 Km, he cut more than 10 seconds the break, and the 3rd it was at the first slopes of the last climb and it was quite explosive.
i am not sure if he droped in Mente after his own work or just it was his team who dropped.

it is normal considering the level he had at Romandie, after a knee injury and race so little this year. But anyway I am quite dissapointed after the training he upload at Ventoux and his decent position at Mercan Tour. Movistart was quite strong and explosive at Mente according lives. Not more than 20 riders were athere at the end, but anyway I hope he had that level, even at a so explosive effort.

By the other hand he would be stronger at le Tour for sure, and he is better for three weeks races. Here he has been working, always in the train of the team at the front. You cant compare with Pozzovivo who has been always at his way at the back. The result in the mountains are quite different, but the performance in global is not so different.

Thre is today another quite selective stage. I think the team will protect Woods and try the stage for Corbin, and he will work, but maybe he has his chances to show his level and I hope it will be good (or even a break)

The problem for him to go to le Tour is that the team has strong names to choose....I am not sure if they would try to go for sprints...to go for stages other ways or to try a top ten...butWoods is sure, and Theuns shoul be there, and Corbin. Houle did very well last year and he is ok now. Froome , it is depends what he wants..But in case of similar level I would carry Froome to another rider...But if he cant really figh a stage (I think he will) or to be at the top ten, maybe I would like to be him leading another smalest races.
 
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Yes, just by doing nothing for the majority Froome has 5 articles about him this last week while Fugslang has 2 on American Google search.
Fugslang doesn't exist, so that is quite remarkable ;)

But Fuglsang has done worse than Froome on the road in the past few weeks. Froome's prep has been better than in 2022, but he's of course also a year older now, so it might be impossible for him to get back to the level that secured him third on AdH.
 
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From a performance perspective there is abolutely no reason for the team to nominate him for the TdF squad. As for media exposure, sure he'll get more coverage than other guys, but I'm not quite sure it'll be for the right reasons.
 
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It's the beauty of the late career Chris Froome story. In terms of athletic performance he 100% should have retired after his accident. But cyclists, even the ones as successful as Froome, are no billionaires and when Israel gave him a contract so good it would have a real impact on how wealthy he would be for the rest of his life, he would have been stupid to turn it down. I know he will probably be disappointed at his own level, but really, he should be on our side laughing with us as the real clowns of the story, team Israel.
 
It's the beauty of the late career Chris Froome story. In terms of athletic performance he 100% should have retired after his accident. But cyclists, even the ones as successful as Froome, are no billionaires and when Israel gave him a contract so good it would have a real impact on how wealthy he would be for the rest of his life, he would have been stupid to turn it down. I know he will probably be disappointed at his own level, but really, he should be on our side laughing with us as the real clowns of the story, team Israel.
Can't argue with that.
 
Fugslang doesn't exist, so that is quite remarkable ;)

But Fuglsang has done worse than Froome on the road in the past few weeks. Froome's prep has been better than in 2022, but he's of course also a year older now, so it might be impossible for him to get back to the level that secured him third on AdH.
It wanst better ..yes, he is maybe better than Fuglsang, but worse or similar to several riders of the team. If he show something in a training that convince the team to ride or it is quite dificult .

he did a great job coming back to the group, delivering bottles and gels to his team mates, and he was working at the front of the group droping people at the begining of the last climb. It has a big merit and the way he got the group full of bottles and pulling hard looks a decent shape, but of course determination.

We have to take into account his past Tour, e was quite well at the end just beforpe to get Covid, but It is true he looked better (not sure about) first days at Dauphine before to get ill...so...

But the fact is that in the first climb he droped and people as Corbin Strong no.
 
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