British Barloworld rider Chris Froome rode a good time trial yesterday, finishing 33rd, but felt he could have gone better.
“I was just getting right into it and then I realised that I was near the finish,” said Froome. “Hopefully the time trial at the end of the race will suit me better because it’s a bit longer.”
He admitted that five days into the race he was still coming to terms with the scale of the Tour.
“I can’t believe how big and busy it is,” said Froome. “The crowds are huge. I’m just trying to enjoy it.”
The Kenyan-born Froome was hoping to take part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics this August. He holds a British racing licence which he got in the spring, and now races as a British rider.
When the approach was first made for Froome to ride the Olympics, Kenya blocked it. But what they didn’t realised was that they hadn’t qualified for a single place in either the road race or time trial.
Unfortunately, Froome’s 2008 Olympic hopes have now been dashed – rules state that he can’t compete in Olympics within three years of switching nationalities if Kenya won’t release him. His name was missing from the British Olympic squad announced yesterday.
British Cycling’s Doug Dailey has confirmed that they simply ran out of time when it came to getting Kenya’s clearance to waive the three-year rule in time for the Olympics. Froome told us that he’d tried ringing the Kenyan Cycling Federation this week to confirm his position but the line was terrible, and he couldn’t get through.
By the time London 2012 comes around that won’t apply, and there’s plenty of time for the 23-year-old rider. There is also now nothing to stop him from riding for Great Britain in the World Championships.
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