Froome's second youth

The Briton maintains the great objective of conquering his fifth Grande Boucle. The whole of Israel will receive the vaccine against COVID-19 in March.


He has repeated it several times recently, but in his latest statements, Chris Froome reaffirms himself: he will not bluff the next Tour de France. The 35-year-old Briton, after leaving behind the terrible accident suffered in the Dauphiné in 2019, maintains the illusion intact to win his fifth crown in the Grande Boucle, which would equal him to some of the illustrious names of this sport: Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. He would do it through the front door, being the second oldest rider in history to win the gala round, only behind a Firmin Lambot who triumphed at the age of 36 in 1922.

His performance, based on the very discreet results he achieved last year, leaves many doubts about the possibility of achieving such a feat, but his enthusiasm and motivation remain intact. "Age is a state of mind. I feel relatively young in the cycling years because I entered the sport a little later. I am seeing a rider like Alejandro Valverde, who is already 40 years old, still competing in great tours with the best. of the world, so it is still possible and I would like to show it too, "confessed Froomey at the last Israel Start-Up Nation press conference.

In addition, speaking in the long term, the Kenyan-born recognized that he still has things to give to cycling and that he does not contemplate an early retirement since he had not done so previously at the time of the accident, when it was easy for him: "A great motivation was knowing that staying in four Tour de France titles I didn't feel like my career was over. I'd like to get to number five and keep racing until I'm ready to retire. The very prospect of being knocked out by an accident didn't sit well with me, so As soon as I found out I could make a full recovery and there was nothing physically stopping me, it was a simple decision for me. As for how realistic it is to aim for the Tour de France this year, my number one goal remains to get back to the level of the 100% again and obviously it all depends on that ".

Vaccines point to March

While Froome outlines his preparation for the Tour, the whole Israel studies the possibility of receiving the vaccine against COVID-19 in March. This was explained by Sylvan Adams, co-owner of the team, in statements collected by the Cyclingnews portal: "Approximately 25% of the population has already received the vaccine and they say that by the end of March all people in Israel will have received a second dose, thus that basically we will have obtained herd immunity. At that point, it may be possible to consider other categories of people, but we are not going to sneak in. If there are vaccines available, it might be possible to consider vaccinating our team. " If confirmed, Israel and UAE Team Emirates would be the only teams fully vaccinated during the start of the 2021 season.

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