Chris Froome reacts to Brian Cookson’s comments about riding Tour Down Under

Chris Froome says he is puzzled that UCI president Brian Cookson thinks he would start his season as early as the Tour Down Under

Chris Froome Reacts To Brian Cookson’s Comments About Riding Tour Down Under

Chris Froome at the presentation of the 2016 Tour de France (Watson)

Chris Froome1 wonders why people think he would start his season with the Tour Down Under2, having not raced there for six years. The Team Sky3 leader lands in Adelaide on Monday, the day after the Australian race finishes, causing UCI president Brian Cookson to wonder why Froome didn t ride the race4. Froome will start his season at the Sun Herald Tour5 in February after a block of training with Sky coach Tim Kerrison in Australia.

Puzzled why people would think I’d start my season as early as TDU? Last time I did was in 2010 #throwback #wayback pic.twitter.com/pF9BcbD90A678

Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) January 23, 20169

Since racing the Tour Down Under in 2010, Froome has not started his season in January, preferring instead to wait until early February before pinning on a race number.

It s an odd decision by Team Sky10 I have to say, Cookson said of Froome s absence from the race, despite coming to Australia.

It s not a helpful decision but one understands why these teams sometimes make these decisions. Performance criteria will always overrule other criteria in certain teams and certain cases.

It s a long season and riders need to prepare in the best way, but certainly that was a puzzling decision to me.

References

  1. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tour Down Under (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ wonder why Froome didn t ride the race (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ start his season at the Sun Herald Tour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ #throwback (twitter.com)
  7. ^ #wayback (twitter.com)
  8. ^ pic.twitter.com/pF9BcbD90A (t.co)
  9. ^ January 23, 2016 (twitter.com)
  10. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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