Froome nearly recovered, but can only race online

Four-time Tour winner says he's rebounded from his 2019 crash and hopes to race on road again before end of season.

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Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome said on Sunday his recovery from the horrific crash which almost ended his career is “pretty much complete.”

The 34-year-old suffered multiple fractures and spent months in rehabilitation after a gust of wind hurtled him into a wall at 50 kilometers an hour during a recon at the Criterium du Dauphine in June last year.

He only returned fully to the saddle in February at the UAE Tour which was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The recovery is going really well — I’d go as far as saying it’s pretty much complete,” Froome told the Team Ineos YouTube channel after taking part in a virtual race alongside fellow Tour de France champions Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal.

“I am still doing some exercises off the bike to strengthen the right side which was injured, but I’m back in normal training again and that’s going really well.”

Froome is currently in lockdown in the south of France as he awaits the return of racing even though an assault on a fifth Tour title may have to wait.

“I’m staying really busy and obviously I’m doing as much training as I can on the turbo trainer,” added Froome.

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