Because of his serious injuries, Chris Froome cannot yet say with certainty whether he will be fit enough for the 2020 Tour de France, but the four-time winner was optimistic about his chances at the presentation of the upcoming Tour de France race route on Tuesday.
"My recovery is going better so far than I could have hoped in advance," said 34-year-old Froome in the Palais des Congrès in Paris. "There is still a lot of work ahead - I need a picture from my hip and a lot of screws - but my rehabilitation could not have started better."
In June, while exploring the time trial in the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Brit crashed down hard by a gust of wind. He suffered fractures in his thigh, hip, elbow, rib cage and vertebra.
The Team INEOS rider, who never thought about stopping, has been able to cycle a little since the end of August and has set himself the goal of participating in the 2020 Tour since the start of his rehabilitation.
"It would be unbelievable if I could be at the start of the Tour next year," said Froome, who was still somewhat wrong on Tuesday. "Winning the round would really be indescribable after that heavy fall. But right now it feels like a victory that I can sit on my bike again. My first goal is to get back to my old level."
192Jumbo-Visma finds 'separate' Tour at the expense of Dumoulin
"Hardest course of the last six years"
Froome was certainly enthusiastic about the race route of the 107th edition of the Tour de France. The organization has only planned one time trial and furthermore included many hill and mountain rides in the stage plan.
"It is a beastly course, probably the toughest course I have seen in the last five or six years," said the Tour winner of 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. "But it is also a nice course that suits everyone who can climb well. Because the course will definitely be decided in the mountains. "
Time trial driver Froome has no problems with the fact that there will only be 36 time trial kilometers. "It is what it is, we have to adjust every year to what the organization devises for us, that is part of it. It will be a very explosive course, with many opportunities to make differences in the rankings. And everyone wants to see that : a fierce battle between the favorites. "
The Tour will start next year in connection with the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Saturday 27 June. The traditional final drive to Paris is on Sunday 19 July.
249These are the stages of the Tour de France in 2020