'Only real men wear pink': Chris Froome talks his spectacular comeback to win the Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome on how confidence in himself, his team and his audacious attack carried him to his most spectacular win yet, at the Giro d’Italia

Chris Froome on stage 20 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

It wasn’t on the slopes of a famous mountain, or lying bloodied on the tarmac in Jerusalem where Chris Froome’s Giro d’Italia campaign nearly came unstuck. It was on the gently rolling roads of Abruzzo surrounded by farms, woodland and picturesque villages.

Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia had a few warning signs attached to it; there was a big climb at the start, but the parcours wasn’t anything that should have unduly troubled the GC favourites. This was a course that looked set for a breakaway win. And it was, with Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) winning in a two-up sprint over Nico Denz (Ag2r). But as the leaders forged on, in the bunch Froome was fretful.

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