This January 16, the WorldTour 2020 (women's) began and the Giro d'Italia announced its invitations to three teams from the country. The four-time Tour de France champion, Chris Froome, appeared on social media pedaling on his time trial bike.

Chris Froome, these days in Tenerife, with several companions.

It is the winter theme that everyone thinks, but which nobody who knows knows exactly. Chris Froome, in repair process of your body made peaks when hitting a wall at 60 km per hour on June 12, turn 35 years in May and has not given up the logic that would take him away from a secondary position in the pyramid of world cycling that has dominated since 2013. Search with ahnco and pain the glory of a fifth Tour.

Those who know him, who have guided him these years in the Sky today Team Ineos, do not present a conclusive verdict. Each one of them think of your inner jurisdiction that it is impossible to see the same dominating Froome of four 'Boucles', two Laps and one Turn. “But it's Froome and one of the things that have made him special is his mental strength and resilience. “The first words of the Ina mnager, Dave Brailsford, the same day of the event they navigate in the minds of all their directors. Some days they see it more difficult than others … “But it's Froome.”

And Froome is training like every year by this date at the altitude of the Teide and yesterday he published a small video in which he is seen pedaling in style (something that was never his forte) on his Pinarello against the clock. A few weeks ago, he left a concentration in Mallorca before his companions and it was given little less than finished, with the collaboration of statements by the Italian director of Ineos, Dario Cioni.

In the British team, in general, there is more confidence in Egan Bernal, the current regent of the Tour de France and, predictably, that of the next few years. One of those who have lived with him in recent times as coordinator of coaches of that team, Rod Ellinworth -this year at the Bahrain McLaren of Mikel Landa- sees the Colombian closer to repeating than his admired Chris linking the Indurain, Hinault, Merckx and Anquetil repker. “But I can imagine it resurfacing”nuance

The most brave rival that has had the English of Nairobi has been Alberto counter, who has also given courageous opinion: “Be the same as before”, said the Madrileo, who looks like Froome “one of the strangest runners” He has known.

Although Chris Froome trains and makes pain the heritage that has led him to the best triumphs in recent years, he still has no competition program. There is no set date for his reappearance, which will surely be delayed until late spring. Then give us Safer tracks on which cyclist leaves this dark tunnel. Whether to conjugate the verb 'to Froome' or not to reach as much.


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