Froome's drums

The four-time winner of the Tour will not act as leader of Israel, he could not be. His best result since his fall has been 22nd in a stage without history.


Chris Froome arrives at the Tour de France, the race that he dominated four times, with 29 days of competition this season, in which his best result is 22nd in the fourth stage of the UAE Tour, a flat day without history awarded Sam Bennett to the sprint at Al Marjan Island. It was his only qualification in the top thirty in 2021. And also the best after that terrible fall on June 12, 2019 in the Dauphiné that changed his sports career forever. Last year, still in the ranks of Ineos, the team of his great successes, he did not do well either. His 37th on the Occitania Route looks like his best performance. In the 2020 Vuelta a España, his first and only major after the accident, a round that he has conquered twice, he finished 98th. It is what it is.

Froome enters the Tour with a performance that does not generate hope. Chris knows it and assumes it, that is why he will not act as leader of the Israel Start-Up, he could not be, but as a route captain, the veteran who leads the team from within, and as a luxury gregarious. "It will not be unusual to see me carry drums in the coming weeks," he says unapologetically. He already did it in the last Vuelta. So he worked, as far as he could, for Richard Carapaz. Now it will for Michael Woods. The new features humanize Froome, but it's also saddening to see a cycling legend who collects a poker win on the Tour deflate. The African has never been a robotic champion like other predecessors. We have seen Froome running on foot on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, caught in an ambush in Formigal, finishing a mountainous stage in Andorra with a broken foot ... His exploits have been combined with blows of misfortune. He always showed a more human face. But from there to seeing him dragged in most ports there is a painful stretch, difficult to fit in for the fans who admired him so much.

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