Giro still a possibility for Chris Froome as he prepares for 2018 season

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Speaking ahead of Sunday's Tour de France criterium in Shanghai, Chris Froome revealed he is feeling refreshed and ready for the 2018 season since his first Vuelta a España victory in September.

"I’ve had a bit of time at home now, which has been great to soak up some time with the family after a long season," the Team Sky man said.

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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles.  In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.