Chris Froome lost more time at the Criterium du Dauphine during stage 2 on Thursday, sitting in the final climb.
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This is the second day in a row that Froome has sat down at the Dauphine, raising questions about his fitness ahead of the Tour de France.
Chris Froome and Adam Yates get up for the last climb at the Critérium du Dauphiné
However, it is not yet clear whether Froome’s wasted time was the result of a lack of fitness, a planned training decision, or the result of a tactical move to help de facto team leader Egan. Bernal.
Whether Team Ineos will pick Froome for the Tour has been questioned, partly due to his performance since returning from injury and partly due to his imminent departure from the team to join Israel Start-Up Nation. . This posting will add further doubts about Froome’s chances of selection.
“Chris Froome has a sad look and gives us the thumbs up,” commentator Carlton Kirby said as the TV bike folded up to watch Froome slip out of the field. “He is of course coming back in a race that has defined the last 12 months for him with a terrible accident. It’s good to see him again. “
“He’s smiling,” added co-commentator Matt Stephens. “He obviously pulled the pin for a reason or can’t hold it any longer. “
Froome wasn’t the only big name wasting time that day, with Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates and Steven Kruijswijk also seated.
Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic broke away to win the stage, but has a lead of just eight seconds in the general classification over a strong group of pursuers.
Chris Froome’s early-season struggles were discussed on the latest Bradley Wiggins Show podcast, with Froome’s former teammate calling for patience while acknowledging that a fairytale Tour de France victory seems unlikely.
“Keep in mind that we’re three weeks away from the Tour now, that the Tour’s commercial end is in five weeks, so you don’t want to go backwards yet,” Wiggins said. “There is still time to get improvements and Froome will improve with every race he does because of his provenance, which was basically in intensive care at one point.
He was in critical condition when he had the accident. Every day is a bonus for him and if you told him he would be back racing a year ago and told him he would be part of the Tour team he would have taken that, no -this not.
“Everyone wanted this magical recovery from that horror crash – a crash that would have ended many careers last year. We wanted to see Chris Froome return to his best last year with Ineos, return to the best form of Grand Tour victory he can possess. It doesn’t look like we’re seeing this just yet.
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