Chris Froome denies Fitness concerns as he abandons Team Ineos Training Camp
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has denied claims his recovery from injury has suffered a setback
The British rider was seriously injured at the Criterium du Dauphine in June, when he broke a leg, his elbow and suffered fractured ribs after crashing into a wall.
Froome underwent surgery and missed the rest of the season but is gearing up for racing again in 2020 with Team INEOS.
Reports had claimed Froome was struggling to get back to full health, with Team INEOS sports director Dario David Cioni quoted as casting doubt on that prospect.
In quotes widely attributed to Italian publication Bicisport, Cioni is reported to have said: "After two days of training in Spain, Froome, who aspires to the fifth yellow jersey, returns home. He is not well and who knows if he will recover."
Yet Froome has given his side of the story, and stressed the picture is far brighter than has been suggested.
He wrote on Twitter: "Hope that I can set this straight, I was last at a training camp at the beginning of December. My recovery is going well and I will be heading to my next training camp on Thursday. Onward."
Froome, who will turn 35 in May, last won a Grand Tour event when taking victory at the 2018 Giro d'Italia. His Tour de France triumphs came in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, while he also has two wins at the Vuelta a Espana on his impressive list of honours.
As well as returning to the saddle for the annual major events on the cycling calendar, including the Tour in June and July, Froome is also hoping to ride for Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this year.
He was one of several riders to take an opportunity in October to visit the route for the Olympic road race, which includes climbs on the lower slopes of Mount Fuji.
Dave Brailsford Fights Back
Team Ineos head Dave Brailsford has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that Chris Froome and the team will do their utmost to make sure he is ready for the start of this year’s Tour de France.
“After the accident, Chris worked incredibly hard,” Brailsford told Gazzetta della Sport. “He is putting all the courage and determination into training that led him to win seven Grand Tours to be ready in time for the start of the 2020 Tour.”
“No one should underestimate Froome. He and Ineos will really do everything they can to get him to his best by the start of the Tour de France in Nice on Saturday, 27 June.”