Chris Froome scheduled for Saitama Criterium appearance despite continuing injury trouble

Tour de France champion to appear in Japanese race despite not having ridden his bike since crashing at the Vuelta a Espa a

Chris Froome Scheduled For Saitama Criterium Appearance Despite Continuing Injury Trouble

Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Chris Froome (Team Sky) is set to make his final race appearance of the season at the Saitama Criterium in Japan in October, despite still recovering from a broken navicular bone1 in his foot. The 2015 Tour de France winner abandoned the Vuelta a Espa a after stage 112 due to the injury, having crashed in the opening kilometres as the peloton took on the opening climb of the stage. Despite finishing the stage that day, the severity of the injury meant Froome was forced to abandon and he said this week on Twitter that he has yet to be able to ride his bike since the crash.

Still haven t been able to ride my bike since @lavuelta.

Foot is healing well but I’m losing my mind #needtoridemybike34

Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) September 22, 20155

Nevertheless, it appears the Brit has assured event organisers ASO that he would be able to appear at the criterium on October 24, where he ll where his yellow jersey alongside teammate Richie Porte, who will be making his final appearance6 for Team Sky. The Sky duo will be joined by other big names like Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin), as well as Vuelta podium finishers7 Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo). Majka will be joined by his teammate Ivan Basso, who received the all clear from doctors8 this week after being diagnosed with testicular cancer at the Tour in July.

2015 Tour de France Saitama Criterium confirmed riders:

Team Sky: Chris Froome (GB), Richie Porte (Aus)
Team Giant-Alpecin: John Degenkolb, Simon Geschke (Ger)
Team Katusha: Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa)
AG2R La Mondiale: Romain Bardet, Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra)
Tinkoff Saxo: Rafal Majka (Pol), Ivan Basso (Ita)
Team Europcar: Yukiya Arashiro (Jap)
Trek Factory Racing: Fumiyuki Beppu (Jap), Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)

References

  1. ^ Chris Froome s 2015 season over due to Vuelta a Espa a foot fracture (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome drops out of Vuelta a Espa a contention as Mikel Landa wins stage 11 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ @lavuelta (twitter.com)
  4. ^ #needtoridemybike (twitter.com)
  5. ^ September 22, 2015 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ Richie Porte s move to BMC Racing confirmed for 2016 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Fabio Aru wins 2015 Vuelta a Espa a as Degenkolb takes final stage in Madrid (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Ivan Basso receives all clear after cancer treatment (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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