While Chris Froome will launch his 2023 season at the Tour Down Under, the quadruple winner of the Tour de France assured the press that this will not be his last year in the professional peloton.
Chris Froome does not intend to hang up immediately. At 37, the quadruple winner of the Tour de France will launch his 2023 exercise on Australian roads as part of the Tour Down Under. Before the start of the event, the Briton presented himself to the press and made a point of clarifying his position regarding the rest of his career.
« As for the future, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, he assured. I want to make the most of the window I’m always in. I feel like I was given a second chance. If I had retired, I would have felt like I still had a lot to give. “Not hiding the fact that he has not always become the runner he was until 2019, Chris Froome assures that he “still takes a lot of pleasure”. With what he describes as “a renewed approach” to cycling, the Israel-Premier Tech rider adds thathe “hopes to continue like this for a few more years”.
A reminder of our @tourdownunder team ahead of tonight’s criterium (minus Simon Clarke) 👇
We have a fast and furious hour of racing coming up.
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Froome: “I will aim for one-week stage races”
Asked about the possibility of staying in the peloton until he is 40, Chris Froome showed himself to be a philosopher. “JI don’t think there’s anything 100% guaranteed, especially after everything I’ve learned over the past few years “, he confided before addressing the subject of his program for the season. If his team has obtained an invitation for the Tour de France, his objective will be different. ” I will aim for one week stage races, assured the native of Nairobi. Since we have been granted an invitation for the Tour de France, this is our plan and it makes our life easier. As a team, even if we don’t have the World Tour licence, we feel part of the World Tour. »
Claiming to be “realistic” about his ambitions for the Tour de France, Chris Froome sees as “a natural first step” the idea of being able to compete in events like Paris-Nice or the Critérium du Dauphiné. ” I would like to pick up where I left off last season and get closer to who I was. “, he concluded.