Chris Froome: I'm still optimistic about the Tour de France

Tour de l'Ain 2020 - 1st stage Montreal la Cluse - Ceyzeriat 139,5 km - 07/08/2020 - Chris Froome (GBR - Team Ineos) - photo Tim van Wichelen/CV/BettiniPhoto©2020
Chris Froome (Team Ineos) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Many may have expressed doubts about Chris Froome’s chances of lining up in the Tour de France later this month, but the Briton is confident that he can show enough form during this week’s Critérium du Dauphiné to convince Team Ineos’ management to select him for cycling’s marquee event.

“I’ve obviously only had a handful of days of racing in over a year, so I’m still finding the race rhythm, but I’m feeling better and better as I do more days of racing and I’m still optimistic about the Tour,” Froome said, having produced what was his best performance since his return to racing at the Route d’Occitanie just 13 days ago.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).