Early season races are 'too easy' for Chris Froome's Tour de France preparations

While many of his Grand Tour rivals are currently racing, Chris Froome is putting in a block of hard training instead

Chris Froome at the 2016 Tour de France (Photo: Dan Gould)

(Image credit: Daniel Gould)

Chris Froome prefers hard training over early season races in his quest for a fourth Tour de France title. Races like the Tour Down Under or this week’s Abu Dhabi Tour are "too easy" for his preparations.

Froome is wrapping up a two-week block of altitude training this weekend in Pilgrim's Rest, South Africa, with team-mate Geraint Thomas. The idea, just like in past years, is that this specific intense training will launch them towards their respective goals in the Tour and the Giro d'Italia.

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