As the most OK past decade and made him famous – is carrying water bottles for others. In cycling jargon, it’s called being a “domestique,” and the sight of a former four-time champion in that role will be something quite unusual at cycling’s biggest event.rider of his generation, Chris Froome is used to honors, awards, and accolades. One thing he is not used to at the Tour de France – the race he dominated over the
But a bit more than two years after a horrific, career-threatening crash that left him on the side of a road with multiple serious injuries,to play the sideman part. With the mindset of a rookie. “I’m really excited for this upcoming start,” the 36-year-old Froome said ahead of Saturday’s opening stage in the western port city of Brest.
“Brest was where I first discovered thein 2008 as a neo-pro. I’m heading to the Tour de France this with a very similar mindset as back in 2008. I’m looking to gain something through racing the Tour de France.” For the first 2013, when he won his first Tour, Froome won’t be on the starting line with personal ambitions. He has been tasked with the role of team and will support leader Michael Woods.
“Typically, going into the Tour de France, I obviously got a lot of pressure on my shoulders, as a (top) contender,” Froome said. “That’s not the case this give back a little bit.”around. around, I’m only (…) trying to do the best job possible to support the guys around me. For almost the last decade, I had been going to the doing a similar job for me. It feels great to be on the other side now and
So much has changed for Froome since that training crash during the 2019 Criterium du Dauphine, an event he had been using to fine-tune his bid for a record-equaling fifth. The accident not only left him with a fractured right femur, a fractured elbow, and fractured ribs, it also cost him his spot in the Team Ineos’ after.
After getting back to competitive racing, Froome did not return to his previous best level and lost his status as the leader of the mighty British outfit. After it was announced his contract could not be renewed and that he would be, Froome was left out of the Ineos roster for the 2020 Tour due to poor form.
The Kenyan-born cyclist is still very far from the level that helped him secure the(in 2011 and 2017) and the Giro d’Italia (2018), in addition to his four Tour crowns. He was 47th at the Criterium du Dauphine earlier this and has not produced a Top 10 result during the entire season.
“I would have hoped that the process would have been faster,” Froome said. “It’s an ongoing process. I’m thrilled with where I’m at in terms of left-right leg balance. I think from that side of things, I can certainly say that’s behind me. At the moment, I’m a lot more focused on the work on the bike and getting back to my former level, having missed so much racing from obviously the downtime of the accident and then straight into the COVID lockdown. As well.”
For now, he hopes this Tour will serve as a “stepping stone” on the road leading to his past luster. So, returning to cycling’s, would a stage win be enough?
“If you had asked me that question three years ago, I probably would not have said it really ranks anywhere on my list of priorities,” Froome said. “Of course, it’s nice to have, but when (the general classification) is your sole focus, it’s not really going to change; it’s not defining in terms of your career. Now, obviously, it’s a very different scenario. For Team Israel Start-Up Nation, a would be massive.” And for him, too. originally appeared on NBCSports.com.