Chris Froome says he hopes to keep riding for another five years, as long as he can ride at the top level.
The Brit said he has not decided his schedule for 2019, but added it’s no secret he hopes to win his fifth Tour de France.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport (opens in new tab) Froome, 33, revealed he would consider a career as a sports director after retirement.
Froome said: "I am convinced that I can keep going for another five years, so up to 38 years. But I will have to be in top form.
“I haven't decided [on the Giro d’Italia or the Tour next year]. I have to sit down with the team and decide.
“It's no secret that five [Tour] wins are my goal.”
Froome said he wants to join the elite club of five-time Tour winners, which includes Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Induráin.
When asked about his training, Froome said he believes very few people, maybe no-one, could live with the intensity.
Froome is entering 2019 off the back of a streak of Grand Tour victories.
He won the 2017 Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, followed by the Giro d’Italia in May.
His fellow Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas won the 2018 Tour, with Froome finishing third.
This year’s Vuelta was won by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the first time in history all three Grand Tours had been won by different riders from the same nation.
On Britain’s dominance, Froome suggested a more modern approach to the sport explains the success.
He added the Sky’s modern approach was also the reason for the team’s dominance, rather than the budget as many detractors would argue.
Froome said: “We have brought a modern, fresh approach, without the weight of tradition, without being influenced by the past.
“You don't enter cycling with 50million and win immediately.”
When asked what he would do after retirement, Froome said he would consider becoming a sports director, or using his passion for the sport to teach young people.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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