Chris Froome questions whether time trial bikes and gravel belong in road cycling

LAVAL ESPACE MAYENNE FRANCE JUNE 30 Chris Froome of The United Kingdom and Team Israel StartUp Nation at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 5 a 272km Individual Time Trial stage from Chang to Laval Espace Mayenne 90m ITT LeTour TDF2021 on June 30 2021 in Laval Espace Mayenne France Photo by Christophe Ena PoolGetty Images
Chris Froome on a time trial bike at the 2021 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Chris Froome has questioned whether time trial bikes and gravel tracks have a place in professional road cycling, highlighting a number of safety and fairness concerns. 

In the latest instalment of his YouTube vlog, the four-time Tour de France winner addressed two recent events: the controversy surrounding the off-road summit finish at the Volta Valenciana and Egan Bernal's life-threatening crash on his time trial bike in Colombia last week. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.