Last Wednesday (11), through an interview with the Global Cycling Week website, Chris Froome stated that his distance from the sport made him review how much he needed to remain active in cycling, reporting that, after his break, he feels younger than he really is. Furthermore, the athlete also discussed the difficulties he faced this year.
“I don’t want to set a limit to what I’m capable of achieving. I just want to get the best out of myself. I want to be able to look back after retiring and say that I gave it my all, with no regrets”, said the athlete who is in Taiwan, China, where he participated in the Tour of Hainain.
The cyclist continued: “If that means winning a bike race again and putting my arms in the air, or just helping my teammates, I’m good with that. I think a lot of people don’t really understand, you’ve won all the biggest Grand Tours in cycling, how could you be happy being a team player? And I really love running. I love racing, I love being in the team environment, whether I win or not.”
Chris Froome stated that during his stay in China, he took the opportunity to visit his current team’s bicycle factories to understand the equipment a little better and how it could help him in his career, since after several accidents in recent years, the athlete suffered back pain.
“I had an appointment with a bike setup specialist, to go and really check it out and see all the angles. Basically to get closer and try to copy the position I was sitting in previously when I was winning races. I discovered that there was a very big difference in these two settings. We made some changes in terms of my position and I’m feeling much better now”, said the athlete.
The Tour de France champion from previous years reported that his trip to the Tour of Hainan and preparation to participate in the Japan Cup did him good, helping to regain inspiration to continue strongly in the next competitions on the UCI calendar in 2024.