Chris Froome ramps up Tour de France preparations after Giro d'Italia recovery

09 June 2018 07:00
Chris Froome will ramp up his preparations for the Tour de France this weekend, travelling to France to recon some of the key stages in the Alps and Pyrenees and intensify his training after recovering from the exertions of the Giro d'Italia. Froome, racing sub-judice pending a verdict in his salbutamol case, won the Giro d'Italia with a startling turnaround over the Colle delle Finestre on stage 19 and is bidding to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to do the Giro-Tour double, a challenge that has stumped Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador in recent years. After Froome won the Tour de France and Vuelta a España last year, with four weeks between the two, he and Team Sky are convinced he can manage the tricky gap between Giro and Tour, which this year is six weeks long, up from five due to the football World Cup. ADVERTISEMENT At the Critérium du Dauphiné, Team Sky coach Tim Kerrison explained to Cyclingnews exactly how they were approaching it. "The general plan for those six weeks was a recovery phase, and that was always going to depend on how hard the Giro was and also on the emotional toll, which is different from race-to-race but always significant and can take as much time to adjust and recover from as the physical load," he said. "So he's been back home with his family in Monaco. I don't think he touched his bike for the Monday or Tuesday after the race. He rode on Wednesday and did some media stuff on Thursday. That first week was an easy week." An inconsistent Giro explained Measurably stronger  You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

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