Chris Froome: There's no guarantee I'll return to my former level

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) in action in Saitama (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) is perfectly able to ride his bike – albeit much slower than before – but any sense of expectation concerning his comeback from serious injury is tempered when you see him walk. As he drags his right leg along in a pronounced limp, a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title next July seems a very hazy prospect indeed.

"I can certainly ride a bike better than I can walk at the moment," Froome told Cyclingnews in Japan at the Saitama Criterium at the weekend. 

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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.