Chris Froome: Giro d'Italia victory is not likely but stranger things have happened
14 May 2018 12:54
Chris Froome (Team Sky) cut a quiet but resolute figure on the second rest day of the Giro d'Italia, despite his time losses and crashes in the first week and the admission that he has 'not felt himself' since the start of the race. Currently lying 11th overall, 2:27 down on race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Froome talked to reporters on Monday's second rest day before going for a training ride with his Team Sky teammates, admitting that being so far back on GC is "not a position I'm used to". Yet he was adamant that he will fight on, ruled out any thoughts of abandoning the Giro d'Italia, and insisted that he would focus on what's coming up in the race, rather than mulling too much over the time lost so far. "Undoubtedly it's been a tough start for me, I think ever since the crash in Jerusalem, I've been on the back foot, and it's not a position I'm used to," he said.ADVERTISEMENT "But it's early days, it's not even half way. I'm still motivated. The body's taken a bit of a beating - ever since that crash I haven't felt myself, if I'm honest. I've had quite a bit of pain on the right side, I'm feeling unbalanced, my left [side] is working a lot harder to compensate." Froome summed up: "I'm recovering, I'm trying to get back into the race." But, as he then put it, his strategy of not coming into the Giro "firing on all cylinders", means that he is not, in any case, in top form. Rather, with the Tour de France in mind, he has been aiming to build on his condition during the Giro d'Italia in order to avoid the predicament of other riders who've attempted the Giro-Tour double in recent years - riders who, "as we've seen in the past, reach July and then have nothing." "I was looking to build through this period, but as we've seen the crash was a setback for me, the second crash didn't help, it was also on my right side. But we're here, and that's cycling and that's the Giro," Froome said. 'Stranger things have happened' 'A different beast'
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