Chris Froome chooses diverse calendar for 2019 before facing Tour de France
Jan 03 2019 03:33 am CET

Chris Froome chooses diverse calendar for 2019 before facing Tour de France
Chris Froome chooses diverse calendar for 2019 before facing Tour de France
Photo of Chris Froome by Team Sky

Team Sky's Chris Froome will ride more in Britain in 2019. The rider will have an atypical season in which he will include South American, Middle Eastern and British races.

The four-time winner of the Tour de France had already stated that he will attempt to take his fifth victory at the French grand tour and will start his season at the Tour Colombia. "My race programme next year is going to be a little different," he commented.

"I’ll be starting off the year over in Colombia for a bit of a change. We’ll go and do a training camp out there up at altitude too, before going on to the UAE Tour. They are two races that I’ve never done before but I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into. It’s nice to go for something that’s not the same, year-in, year-out. I’m looking forward to those two events."

Froome is also contemplating the idea of riding in Britain. "Later in the year I’ve potentially got the Tour de Yorkshire on my programme," he affirmed. "I’d love to race more in the UK and Yorkshire hosted the start of the Tour de France a few years ago and the atmosphere was just incredible. The race has been growing year-on-year and I’d love to get out there next year as well."

After these races, the Briton will face the biggest goal of his 2019 season: the Tour de France. "The Tour route next year is definitely a difficult one," Froome explained. "It’s challenging in a lot of different aspects. More than ever the climbing is going to be emphasised again with very high summit finishes - over 2,000m in altitude - so that’s going to be another element to really prepare for. Spending time at altitude beforehand will be really important.

"As always with a team time trial, and an individual time trial on the penultimate stage, time trialling is going to be key as well, keeping that dynamic of who’s going to be in front at what point and who has to be defending, attacking. There’ll be a lot of time on the TT bike and there’s a lot to get ready for."




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