Chris Froome feels he can continue to race for at least five more years, by which point he would be 38. In an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Team Sky rider also claimed that very few riders – “maybe no one” – would be able to handle his training regime.
“I am convinced that I can keep going for another five years – so up to 38 years old,” Froome said.
The assertion did, however, come with a condition: “It must be at top level.”
Five more years would see Froome compete until then end of 2023 and would give him a career span of 16 years after turning professional in 2008.
Froome’s current contract with Team Sky runs out at the end of 2020. If he were to continue riding for five more seasons, he would likely have to battle rising star Egan Bernal for the leadership role within Team Sky, the Colombian having recently signed a five-year deal. Froome has already seen his position as sole Tour de France leader toppled by Geraint Thomas this season after the Welshman took his maiden Grand Tour victory at the French race.
Froome has been the dominant Grand Tour rider in recent years, having won four Tours de France, a Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d’Italia. This season, he attempted to do the Giro-Tour double. He won the Giro in dramatic style with a long-range attack on the Colle delle Finestre on stage 19. However, he was unable to take a record-equalling fifth Tour de France and finished third overall.
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