The Briton talks about the last bitter seasons, but hopes for a relaunch
At the Fantacycling he has a quotation of 14 million and has not won a race since 25 May 2018, when in Bardonecchia, the penultimate day of the Giro d'Italia , the stage also gave him the pink jersey: Chris Froome , however, does not lose. spirit and does not withdraw. After that victory, only difficult moments and a lot of effort came, after all, the fall at the Dauphiné upset his career while he was preparing to take the fifth Tour de France . In this 2021 he ran for 70 days, the highest number since 2017. He never made it to the top twenty-five. This morning Cosimo Cito for Repubblica defines his uphill pull 180 km from the arrival of the Giro di Lombardia as the highest moment of the season. And interview him.
Froome says that he never felt angry about the crash, «but only disappointment because I was doing a good job and I was in excellent condition for that Tour: by winning it I would have reached Anquetil , Merckx , Hinault and Indurain , I would have entered history. After two years I'm still fighting to get back to my level. But I believe that everything happens for a reason: I had a moment of intimate reflection after the accident, while I was still in hospital in Saint-Étienne, I tried to understand what I really wanted from life, whether to continue being a runner or start doing something else. I discovered then how much you really love running, competing, traveling, being on the road in the open air. I like the lifestyle of the professional cyclist. Even if I don't have to go back to the level I was before, continuing to have the privilege of doing it is something that is priceless for me ». His feat at the Giro d'Italia 2018 on Colle delle Finestre , a solitary attack 80 km from the finish, broke the mold of traditional cycling. Since then, the attack from afar has become almost usual. «Yes, cycling has changed a lot - Froome replies - and my attack, reckless, incredible even to imagine, has perhaps given way to a new way of understanding this sport. Take Julian Alaphilippe , Remco Evenepoel or Mathieu Van der Poel : they are never afraid to attack from a distance or to attack many times. I was not afraid to throw everything up on Colle delle Finestre just to try to win that Giro that until then had been below my hopes. We have seen so many great races over the past three years. More than we had seen in the previous ten ».
And even if Froome no longer wins, he can still represent an intriguing bet at Fantacycling, given that his price is set to fall again in view of 2022.
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