Almost two years after his terrifying accident when recognizing a Dauphine time trial, Chris Froome admits that his recovery is not going as it should and that the process of going back to what it was “is going to be very long.” Star signing of the Israel team, the Briton is very far from everything.
In the last race, the Tour de Romandie, the winner of four editions of the Tour completed a performance almost unknown to someone who was the world number one. In the 16-kilometer time trial that closed the event, the Kenyan-born Briton ranked 109th out of 120 competing cyclists. In 16 kms. left three minutes and 23 seconds regarding the winner, the French Remi Cavagna.
“There is a lot of work still ahead. I am confident that I will continue to progress and, obviously, I am trying to return to my old way. I cannot say when it will be, it is a very long process. I’m going to keep working as hard as I can to achieve it, ”Froome told CyclingPro.
Froome went to Romandía as gregarious of the Canadian Woods, who opted for victory until the last moment. «It has been a hard week, the weather has been very bad and in recent days I have suffered from my chest, I wanted to finish at all costs and look forward, ”he explained.
It is evident that the accident of 2019 has separated him from his best level. When he was the favorite to win his fifth Tour, he suffered multiple fractures: Right hip, femur, and elbow, along with four ribs and sternum.