The Team Sky leader could follow the lead of teammate Richie Porte, who stayed on his own in a motorhome as he lead the British squad on their Giro d'Italia campaign

Team Sky’s Chris Froome says there is a ‘good chance’ he’ll sleep in a motorhome during the Tour de France this July to reduce risks that come with hotels.

The move would follow in the footsteps of Sky’s Giro d’Italia captain, Richie Porte, and be a first at the Tour where teams traditionally bunk in hotels provided by the organiser.

“We have to wait and see,” Froome said, “but there’s a good chance.”

Sky rented a silver and black Fleetwood Excursion motorhome for the Giro, where Porte acted as a guinea pig for the team’s new experiment. The team hired a driver to take it from one hotel car park to the next where it tethered to water and electricity supplies.

Porte praised the accommodation, calling it a “sanctuary” and Sky Principal David Brailsford underlined its advantages. Instead of dealing with the added stress of changing rooms 21 times during a grand tour, the possibility of bad beds or pillows and dirty rooms, his captain had consistent and controlled conditions.

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Brailsford gave example of one night during the Giro where the team had to move the other eight riders because their rooms were above the hotel’s main hall, where music played into the late hours for a boy’s 18th birthday party. Porte never knew what was going on because he was in his “sanctuary.”

“There’s definitely a lot to be said for motorhomes,” Froome continued. “You can improve recovery and make things a lot more efficient and comfortable for yourself, some hotels that you go into don’t have air con and in some the sanitation isn’t great.

“It’s just about being able to control the factors you can control. As an athlete, sleeping in the same bed every night for three weeks makes a lot of difference compared to being in a different bed every night.”

Porte slept alone in his RV during the Giro. Brailsford said it was similar to a captain usually taking a hotel room on his own during a grand tour while the other riders split two each in four rooms. The captain, he said, eats dinner and breakfast, and rides to and from the stage in the bus with his teammates as normal.

Froome indicated that could be different for the Tour de France, where he could share and Sky could have multiple motorhomes.

“Why would everyone be in a hotel? I might be sharing my camper van, maybe, we’ll see,” he said. “We might all be in camper vans.”

With the Tour starting on July 4, in three weeks, Sky has yet to confirm its lodging plans, but it appears to involve wheels.

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  • Vespertine

    Imagine if every team did it, if they doubled up we would have a convoy of 100 motor homes. It would be gridlock, impossible, so they can’t all do it, so why should one be allowed?

  • Vespertine

    I’m afraid it does smack of this.

  • Kevino Daviessss

    All riders should have to stay in hotels provided, it’s another form of cheating! staying in motor homes shouldn’t be allowed, could there be an issue of it driving round the countryside giving blood transfusions whilst it’s sat nav failed en route to the following days stage?? Yes hypothetical but possible?

  • 65juicer

    What are you trying to suggest Paul ?
    I do agree that it’s an excellent idea though. If there’s nine riders in the Tour team and they’re doubling up per motorhome, that’s five huge beasts at least to cater for. They would have to be scattered about each destination I guess, they won’t all fit in a hotel car park will they ?

  • Paul Jakma

    An excellent comment I read on another story on the Sky motorhome pointed out how effective a motorhome following the rider around was for Lance Armstrong.