Froome aims for the 2020 tour while recovering from the terror accident
Fourth time Tour de France champion Chris Froome He says he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a horrible accident in June that ended his 2019 season and is already aiming for next year's race in the search for a fifth record title.
The 34-year-old Briton missed the Tour last month after breaking his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs in a 54 km/h accident in the Criterium du Dauphine less than four weeks before the start of the Tour.
For me, the underlying objective is to reach the starting line in 2020 and be in a similar or better position than this year. That is what is driving me right now, Froome said.
It is safe to say that I am ahead of all the predictions made initially about how long it would take, he added in his first interview since the blockade on the Team Ineos Twitter account.
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The news of the surgeon when he said that I could recover completely and that there was nothing to stop me, that was all I wanted to hear at that moment. Since then, everything was so positive. I was incredibly lucky not to be more seriously injured.
In his absence, his Colombian teammates Egan Bernal and the welsh last year's winner Geraint Thomas He finished first and second to give the Ineos team, formerly Team Sky, his seventh title in the last eight editions of the race.
Froome described how a gust of wind channeled through the buildings diverted him from the road while trying to blow his nose during a practice trip and his first question after the crash was whether he would recover in time to compete in the Tour.
"I can remember lying on the ground and the first responders coming over to me," Froome said. "I can remember speaking to them (his team) and my first question was 'Can I get back on my bike' and 'Am I going to be alright for the Tour de France ?'.
Quickly they took it from my head. They made it very clear that I would not move anywhere and that I should remain still and that I would not continue with the rest of the race.
Froome was flown to St Etienne University Hospital and remained in intensive care after hours of broken bone surgery.
"Those first moments were the ones that really hit home and I took it on board that I'm not going to be racing the Tour de France this summer," he added.
It almost felt like a scene from Grey's Anatomy or something. He realized that there were more things.
Froome started physiotherapy and posted a video of himself pedaling at home with one leg on an exercise bike last week.