Following his remarkable fourth Tour de France victory Chris Froome has paid tribute to his teammates describing their performance as “flawless”.
Froome finished 54 seconds ahead of Rigobeto Uran and called the tour the “toughest” he has competed in so far.
“This year’s route really didn’t play to my strengths,” said Froome. “I had a few days when things didn’t go according to plan. I had good days and bad days, but the team was absolutely solid and was always there for me to lean on when I was having difficult moments. They were flawless.”
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He went on to say that it was tough to lose teammate Geraint Thomas in stage 9 and said that stage 15 “was the day we saved the Tour de France”. During the stage Froome required a wheel change that he managed to recover from.
However, while Froome pulled off a remarkable victory he was still booed by some fans during the race. A fact he put down to the participation of Frenchman Romain Bardet who was in contention to win the yellow jersey.
Regarding the boos he said, “It was in the heart of Marseille, there was a Frenchman in second place in the race at that point – it’s understandable. I’m not going to take that one personally at all”.
Froome is now only one Tour de France victory behind the joint record of five held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain and he is determined to keep trying to win.
At 32-years-old he said that he still feels “quite young” in cycling years. He said that experience is key to cycling and as a result “I’d like to think I’m still learning in the sport and still improving as a bike rider.”