LONDON (REUTERS) – The two-month delay on the Tour de France has given Chris Froome the opportunity to make up for the training time he lost by recovering from a terrible accident last year, said the Ineos team director Dave Brailsford.
The Tour de France was scheduled to start on June 27 but was postponed to August 29 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Froome, 34, spent more than three weeks in hospital after breaking his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs in a high-speed accident while training for Dolphin Criterium in June.
The Briton returned to racing in February but was not at all on top of his form and there were doubts if he had enough time to get in shape for the grueling 23-day event.
“The only thing about Chris is wow, the guy can train,” Brailsford told The Times.
“What he does in his man cave over there – in the gym in the morning, on the turbo, the hours he spends on this thing – it hurts. Putting yourself through what he does is just crazy. I think he sees it as an opportunity.
“If it gives him a little advantage where he thinks he can train harder than the others and make up for lost time when he was injured, he sees it as well as everyone and he benefits from it. “
Froome won the Tour in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is one victory from the record held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.