Chris Froome rules out 2018 Paris-Roubaix
Nov 04 2017 02:18 pm CET

Chris Froome rules out 2018 Paris-Roubaix
Chris Froome rules out 2018 Paris-Roubaix
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

Chris Froome (Team Sky) is not going to ride the 2018 Paris-Roubaix. The rider had considered the possibility of taking part as a way of doing reconnaissance ahead of the Tour de France.

The four-time Tour de France champion has ruled out the possibility of starting in the 'Hell of the North' as a part of his preparation for the 2018 edition of the French Grand Tour. "The risk of a fall is way too big, but that doesn't mean that I won't do a recon of those roads," said the rider to the Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure.

A part of the cobbled section of Paris-Roubaix will be included in the ninth stage of the upcoming Tour de France and the Briton will do an early exploration with Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe and Geraint Thomas. "They know those roads as specialists in the Spring Classics, so it will be ideal for me to train in their wheel."

During his time at Barloworld, Froome started in the 2008 Paris-Roubaix but couldn't finish it. The rider doesn't rule out riding it again before the finish of his professional career. "Maybe I'll try again at the end of my career, but now the focus is on stage races," he explained.

After his 2017 success of taking the victories at the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, it has been rumoured that the rider would try a Giro-Tour combination for 2018. "For that it is still too early," Froome commented. "The mountain climbs at the Giro definitely suit me and the start in Israel is worth considering.

"But I would rather wait for the official announcement of the course. After that, I will meet in December with my team to set my calendar."


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