Chris Froome: I wasn't where I needed to be for Tour de France

LIDODICAMAIORE ITALY SEPTEMBER 07 Chris Froome of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 55th TirrenoAdriatico 2020 Stage 1 a 133km stage from Lido di Camaiore to Lido di Camaiore TirrenAdriatico on September 07 2020 in Lido di Camaiore Italy Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
Chris Froome on stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A return instead of a repose for Chris Froome. While the Tour de France peloton paused on Monday for the first rest day of this year’s event, the grand absentee was back in competitive action for the first time since he was deemed surplus to Ineos’ requirements at La Grande Boucle.

Froome finished safely in the main peloton as Pascal Ackermann won stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico, where the Ineos line-up also features 2018 Tour champion Geraint Thomas. After missing out on Tour selection, both men are using the race to prepare their alternative targets. Froome will ride the Vuelta a España [October 20-November 8], while Thomas will lead Ineos at the Giro d’Italia.

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