Britain’s Chris Froome has revealed that he may not compete in the next Tour de France after the route for the famous cycling race was revealed on Wednesday. Next year’s route, which will begin in Utrecht in Netherlands, is set to be more about the mountains; Froome was obviously not too keen with that. Instead of racing in the Tour de France 2015, the 29 year old revealed that he may enter the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. The defending champion Vincenzo Nibali is set to be the favourite for next year’s race, along with Alberto Contador of Spain.
Team Sky’s Chris Froome has had a rollercoaster ride in the Tour de France over the past 2 years, as he managed to claim the title in 2013, only to crash out this year during stage 5. After his first crash this year, he decided to bravely continue the race until he crashed for a second time, at which point Froome decided to pull out of the race. He withdrew before he reached the cobble stage, but next year’s route is set to have more cobble, in addition to more mountains and higher winds. The final week of the race will be in the Alps and will consist of 4 consecutive mountain stages.
The 2013 Tour de France champion, Chris Froome commented on which races he may target next year, “I see myself as quite a balanced GC rider and the Giro, with its inclusion of a long TT of 60km and tough uphill finishes, will make it a well-balanced race which suits me well. If I did the Giro I may also be able to get myself back to top shape for the Vuelta and go there with a realistic chance of aiming for the win. In the past I’ve only targeted one grand tour each season but it could be a good opportunity for me to focus seriously on two.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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