Chris Froome gets a lot of motivation from 43-year-old American footballer Tom Brady's recent Super Bowl victory.

The rider believes he can win the Tour de France for the fifth time in the latter part of his career.

"I like to make comparisons with other sports," said Froome (35) in an interview with

The Guardian

.

"And I see that athletes continue to be successful later and later in their careers."

Brady is perhaps the best-known example of an athlete still very successful at an age when most athletes have long since retired.

The American from Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl for the seventh time early this month and was one of the stars of the final of the American football competition NFL.

"Brady's story is great," said Froome, who, like the quarterback, has joined a new team after years.

Brady exchanged New England Patriots for the Buccaneers last year after six Super Bowl wins and nearly 20 seasons, and Froome has been driving with INEOS Grenadiers (formerly Team Sky) since this season with Israel Start-Up Nation, after ten years.

"I hope, just like Brady, to act at top level for years to come," says the Briton.

"I'm just as hungry to win as I was before in my career. I know it's going to be incredibly difficult to win the Tour again, but I'm so close to the record of five wins. I'm going to do everything I can. . "

Chris Froome is 88th in the UAE Tour rankings after two stages.

Chris Froome is 88th in the UAE Tour rankings after two stages.

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Froome is barely in pain

Froome made his debut for Israel Start-Up Nation on Sunday in the Tour of the United Arab Emirates.

He was not in the front row in the first stage and only finished 83rd on Monday in a time trial of 13 kilometers.

The Englishman sees the first WorldTour race of the year mainly as a stepping stone to the rest of the season.

Froome emphasizes that after an intensive rehabilitation process in California this winter he has finally fully recovered from the fractures in his thigh, hip, elbow, rib cage and cervical vertebra that he sustained 20 months ago in a fall while reconnaissance of the time trial in the Critérium du Dauphiné. .

"I still have a little pain when I sleep on my right side, but I don't notice it on the bike. My right leg is as strong as my left leg again. I have no obstacles anymore."

See also: The cycling calendar of 2021