Chris Froome has said that he is considering competing in the time trial events at next month’s World Championships in Bergen.
Speaking at a press conference on a rest day in Spain where he is currently competing in La Vuelta, Froome said that he may compete in the team and individual time trials in Norway but not the road race.
“If I come out of the Vuelta in good shape, and I’m hoping I’m not going to be on fumes in the last week, then I’d look forward to being part of the TTT over in Norway and potentially also the (individual) time trial,” he said.
Froome, who won his fourth Tour de France title in July, last took part in the world championships in 2013 when Great Britain claimed bronze in the team time trial in Florence.
He has won bronze at the Olympics in the individual time trial twice, in 2012 and 2016. The last time he competed in the individual time trial at the world championships was in 2009 when he finished seventeenth.
It has been a successful first week of the La Vuelta for Froome and he held the leader’s red jersey for a number of days.
Froome admitted that following his Tour de France triumph it would have been easier for him to go on holiday with his family but said that he is delighted with how things are going in Italy, “It would certainly be a lot easier, but it’s a race I genuinely enjoy racing,” he added.
He said that La Vuelta is “where I discovered I could ride at the sharp end of the GC (general classification) guys in the mountains. Obviously, my time trialling has always been there but it was the first time I could put it all together in a three-week race. I’ve got some pretty special memories of that, and just to come back here, it’s great. The sweltering heat, that suits me, and it’s a great atmosphere out on the roads.”