Chris Froome’s will debate has changed with some finality over the past week. Earlier this season, we wondered “will it be competitive in the Tour de France?” “, But after his disappointing performance in the first stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the question became” will he even be at the start of the 2021 Tour? ‘
Two years after the horror crash that nearly ended his career, the seven-time Grand Tour winner already had expectations before the start of the Dauphiné, saying he was just focusing on being “more competitive” rather than putting all his eggs in the GC basket. It became painfully obvious that his eggs were missing from Stage 2 where he lost 3:25 and was passed by yellow jersey Brent Van Moer who had been abandoned a few kilometers earlier. He was the second slowest Israel Start-Up Nation in the stage 4 time trial, and upon entering the high mountains of stages 7 and 8 he found himself more than 10 minutes from behind the general classification.
The only positive sign came from stage 6 on Friday during which he was able to stay with the peloton on the 2nd category Col de Porte and maintain the pace in the descent, having only stages left 7.5 km from the finish.
Critérium du Dauphiné
Briton Thomas wins the fifth stage of the Critérium
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‘A long way back’ – Froome has fallen as struggles for return continue
“I’m not talking about winning the Tour de France in a few weeks, that’s for sure,” Froome said in the morning after dropping 2:12 in the 16.4 km time trial. “I’m very focused on going back to my old level and taking one step at a time. “
Naturally, running the Tour de France is Froome’s main goal for 2021, but there is no guarantee that you will have a ticket to ride.
“He’s a huge champion for whom I have a lot of respect, but his participation in the Tour de France is by no means obvious,” Rik Verbrugghe, director of the Israel Start-Up Nation team, told the newspaper. Belgian The Last Hour. “I expect there will be clarity during this Dauphiné. He’s made steady progress since the start of the season, but we would have liked his progress to be more exponential.
Our point of view
Although sufficient improvement in form before the Tour is now more than questionable, it would still be good to see Chris Froome take part in the biggest race on the calendar. He could lead a team of Israeli start-ups looking for stages as the “winningest” road captain or super-domestic of the peloton. There are few cyclists who currently run who know how to run the Tour de France better than Chris Froome.
As Sir Bradley Wiggins pointed out in his podcast, Froome always returns from an accident that put him in intensive care and affected his basic physical functions for several months. In short, the man deserves respect, not to mention a little leeway. This writer would be very happy to see him swing at the back of the field for the first week or so of the Tour de France, deliberately wasting time, and then see him go into a few breakaways. Let the man have fun racing with his bike. Free hashtag Froome.
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Froome’s struggles continue as he is passed in the Critérium time trial
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