ASPEN, Colo. (VN) — The racing future could be wonderful.
The racing future could be grim.
It only depends upon who you ask.
Chris Froome told VeloNews in Aspen before the USA Pro Challenge that he can be even better, which must strike a tone akin to a drunken orchestra to his contemporaries.
“It’s always possible to be better. You only need to look at my riding style to see that there are improvements to be made,” he said. “I’m all over my bike. I’m the first to admit it. I’m always learning about myself. Every time you do a three-week grand tour like the Tour, with the jersey on your shoulders you come out with so much more experience, and I think knowing a lot more about yourself. There’s definitely a lot of headway to make I’m sure.”
There can’t be that much headway to make, honestly. He won the Tour de France this year by more than four minutes and was never in any real danger, even with a Sky team that was ripped apart on some stages.
Froome also maintained that his focus wouldn’t waver from his grand ambitions. In contrast, Bradley Wiggins, who won the 2012 edition of the Tour, had hoped to win other races and broaden his palmares. Froome, on the other hand, wants to keep winning in France.
“I’m not just looking at it as an objective to have won one Tour, and right that’s it. Hang it up now. I want to be the best cyclist I can be,” he said. “If that means going back to target the Tour in the future, then I that’s what I’d like to do.”
By all means, he should get several more prime shots at la Grande Boucle.
“I’m 28 now. In theory I should have a few good years ahead of me,” Froome said. “But yeah — as long as I’m hungry I’m just going to keep taking it year by year and keep trying to chase as much as I can.”
Froome was in Colorado racing to come back to form after July. He is targeting the UCI World Road Championships in Florence, Italy next month. His demeanor off the bike in Aspen was relaxed and quiet, but then again it always appears to be.
Froome didn’t waver much under steady pressure on the road and in the press room at the Tour. He maintains he’s still hungry, though, and that it comes, however partially, from the doubt others showed early on.
Asked what kept him hungry, he said, “I think just the will to be successful. There are a lot of things. Coming from a background — growing up in Africa and basically being told, ‘Ah, to be a professional cyclist from here, that’s not going to happen.’ There are a lot of things I want to prove to myself that I can do it, that I can continue to be one of the best riders.”