The four-time Tour winner has struggled to regain his form since returning to racing following the mid-2019 crash that threatened to end his career, but suggested he would be more competitive when he will line up at the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday.In addition to continuing to work on muscle strength in his right leg – where he suffered a fractured femur almost two years ago – Froome has focused on another aspect of his preparation for Teide: his weight.
“I arrived at this camp with 71 kilograms, after a few easy days and a few long flights. A lot of that will have been full glycogen stores and water retention, but I definitely had some weight to lose, ”Froome said in his latest YouTube video.
Froome went on to explain how a particularly grueling day on the bike was designed to both increase fitness and lose weight.
“There were two main goals today, one to get good quality high intensity work, and then the second goal was to target some fat burning,” he said.
“We did a little over two hours of intensity in the six-and-a-half-hour trip, with efforts ranging from five minutes to 30 minutes. Then at the end of the ride, once we were empty of all the intervals, we did another two hours mostly on the water. When you’re already flat, tired, and empty, just push another two hours. It’s very low intensity but here at 2000 meters you really feel it.
“We started the day with a full carbohydrate breakfast – probably 300 grams of rice and an egg white omelet for some protein. During the trip, top up every 20-30 minutes with more carbohydrates – bananas, rice cakes, gels, energy bars, as well as carbohydrate drinks. It was the high carb option while doing a quality job, then backing up and ending the ride with a few low carb hours, just with water, just to really engage that burning capacity. fats. “
Froome explained that he usually finishes a day of training like this between 2kg and 2.5kg lighter than he started in the morning, but it wasn’t all fat burned. and that glycogen stores should be replenished that evening.
Even so, he lost over two kilos in total by the end of camp, bringing him back to racing weight, although there is more to lose by the time the Tour de France begins in a month’s time.
“The goal was to go below 69 kg and I’m there,” he said. “I’m really happy with how it turned out. If I could lose another kilo now before the Tour de France, that would be exactly where I want to be. “
“Reducing the weight has been a battle, it sure doesn’t get any easier the older you get. I have made progress but not as much as I had hoped, but I feel so much better. I have a few more weeks to go before the Tour de France so hopefully I can keep crashing and make it to the Tour a little leaner than I am now. ”
Froome will line up at the Dauphiné, which will start on Sunday and last for eight days in the south-east of France. After that, he will return to altitude for another two-week training camp before the start of the Tour de France in Brittany on June 26.
“I really feel that this high altitude boulder had a big impact on me. I feel like I was able to take a big step up there, ”said Froome.
“I certainly hope to be closer to where I need to be once I’m in the race now than I was before this season. “
Froome concluded his video with another tongue-in-cheek disc brake dig.
He caused a stir when he launched his YouTube channel earlier this year with a review of his new Factor bike at Israel Start-Up Nation, only to speak scathingly about disc brakes. The technology has become mainstream in the pro peloton over the past two years, but he pointed out that no one has yet ridden a disc brake bike to win the Grand Tour.
“It’s interesting to see yet another Grand Tour that is going to be played on the rim brakes,” he said, referring to his former teammate Egan Bernal, who leads the Giro d’Italia with two stages remaining. .
“I don’t think disc brakes have won a Grand Tour yet. I think the closest is Richie Porte, third in last year’s Tour de France. I really hope we see someone up there on disc brakes soon. ”