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Froome may miss 2015 Tour de France
22 Oct 2014 12:12
Chris Froome may opt out of the 2015 Tour de France and target a Giro d'Italia-Vuelta a Espana double instead.
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The 29-year-old Kenya-born Briton won the 2013 Tour and crashed out of this year's race, which began in Yorkshire in England and was won by Vincenzo Nibali.
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Rather than chase a second yellow jersey from Utrecht on 4 July to Paris on 26 July, 2015 in the 102nd edition of the race, Froome may instead focus on May's Giro and August's Vuelta.
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Froome was not in Paris for the presentation of the 3,344-kilometre route, the decisive moments of which will come on the penultimate stage which finishes at Alpe-d'Huez.
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Instead he was sailing in Weymouth with the British Sailing squad on a Team Sky training camp and hinted he will not bid for the fabled maillot jaune next summer.
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"The team and I will have to give it some careful consideration before we make any commitments to which of the grand tours I will compete in," he said on chris-froome.com.
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"Next year's Tour is going to be about the mountains. There's very little emphasis on time-trialling which means the race will be decided up in the high mountains.
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"With six mountain-top finishes it is going to be an aggressive and massively demanding race.
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"I see myself as quite a balanced GC (general classification) rider and the Giro with its inclusion of a long TT (time-trial) of 60km and tough uphill finishes will make it a well balanced race which suits me well.
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"If I did the Giro I may also be able to get myself back to top shape for the Vuelta and go there with a realistic chance of aiming for the win."
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