Many may have expressed doubts about Chris Froome’s chances of fielding the Tour de France later this month, but the Briton is confident he will be able to show enough form at this Critérium du Dauphiné. week to convince Team Ineos management to select him for the cycling marquee. Event.“I’ve obviously only had a handful of racing days in over a year so I’m still finding the pace of the race, but I just feel better and better as I do more racing days and I am still optimistic. the Tour, ”said Froome, after producing his best performance since returning to racing on the Route d’Occitanie just 13 days ago.“I think my preparation for the Tour de France is good. Obviously, I’m just happy to run again and come back to the Dauphiné. It was last year’s race where I had the big accident. After that in itself, it’s amazing to be back in the peloton. I’m really enjoying being back in the race, ”said Froome, as the thunder roared around the finish at the top of the Col de Porte in stage 2 on Thursday.“Everyone is light on race days,” he continued, “but I’m six months younger than everyone in this regard after being out for the second half of the season last year. . I get better and better as the races progress and I already feel a big improvement through Occitanie, the Tour de l’Ain and now the Dauphiné. Every day is a test, every day is pushing the condition back and I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made so far. It has been really encouraging.
Froome finished at the Col de Porte in 49th place, eight and a half minutes behind stage winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), but had been at the forefront of the leading group up to 5 km from at home, when he released.
“I think today was a step in the right direction for the Tour,” he recalled.
“To be at the end of the race today, even though I wasn’t able to do a lot for the guys, was good and it all adds to the preparation and intensity needed for the Tour.
Asked if he felt he could have asked for more since returning to racing after a 14-month layoff, Froome responded with a very firm ‘no’. He added: “I wouldn’t expect any more from myself now given where I’m from. I am extremely grateful and think I can get a lot of confidence from it. We will see where we are in a week.
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