Confident Froome trusts the security measures of the Tour de France

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Paris (AFP)

Chris Froome’s hunger for a fifth or even a sixth Tour de France victory remains intact although it is not certain that the race can continue in 2020 due to a coronavirus, he told the daily French L’Equipe in an interview published Tuesday.

The postponement of the Tour to the end of August suits the four-time winner who struggled to get back into shape after serious injuries sustained in a training accident last June.

“It is an advantage for me, the race being postponed, but it is not something to celebrate,” said Froome.

The Kenyan-born rider believes the Tour could still be canceled due to the pandemic, but is training hard for victory on his Monaco base.

“I am confident that I will be 100% fit on the starting line,” said Froome, who turns 35 next month and is in the final year of his contract with Ineos.

“Maybe it won’t happen, but I’m training like it’s going to happen,” he told The Team.

“We have the new date and mentally I focus on being ready. “

The Tour has been rescheduled to embark from Nice on August 29 from its original start date in June to ensure that the central financial pillar of sport can be organized this season.

Froome, who was brushed to death in his crash at Criterium de Dauphine in 2019, said the team’s health problems should outweigh economic problems.

“It would be a shame if the biggest race of the season does not take place, but people’s health comes first,” he said.

“I am sure that neither the (French) government nor the ASO (organizers) will take risks with the riders, their teams and the public,” added Froome, who won the Tour in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

After winning the Vuelta a Espana in 2017 and the Giro d’Italia in 2018 to organize the three Grand Tours, his star has declined.

His co-captain Geraint Thomas emerged as the 2018 winner while Ineos protégé Egan Bernal won the 2019 title.

“My dream is to retire after winning more of the Tour de Frances than any other rider,” said Froome.

He needs one more to match Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain, who have all won five times.

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