Chris Froome: This it what I’ve been missing, you can’t replicate it in training

The Grand Tour star says his legs are coming round after two weeks of racing at the Vuelta a España 

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Chris Froome says his legs are coming round after two weeks of racing at the Vuelta a España. 

The Ineos Grenadiers rider is working his way back to his best after suffering career-threatening injuries last season.

While Froome struggled through the chaotic first week of racing in the Vuelta, he has now become a valuable asset for team leader Richard Carapaz, who sits second overall with four stages remaining. 

Froome, a seven-time Grand Tour winner, says the racing is exactly what he’s been missing in his recovery.

In an interview with ITV ahead of stage 14, Froome said: “It’s an amazing feeling after two weeks of racing how my legs are coming round. That’s what I’ve been missing. 

“You can’t replicate that in training unless you’re really training with a very motivated group of people. 

“I’m really enjoying being here and it’s hugely beneficial towards getting back to my normal level for the future.” 

Froome suffered multiple injuries, including a broken leg, when he crashed during the recon of the time trial stage at last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné. 

The 35-year-old missed the rest of the 2019 season and returned to racing earlier this year, but has not been riding at his Grand-Tour winning level. 

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This Vuelta will be Froome’s last race with Ineos, as he is leaving the squad for Israel Start-Up Nation after a decade. 

On whether he ever doubts himself during his recovery, Froome said: “It’s not in my nature to doubt myself, but certainly it’s been a question mark if it’s going to be possible and obviously I’m not there yet so I’ve still got a long way to go and I’m going to keep doing the hard yards to get there.” 

Froome cruised through the stage 13 time trial to start the final week, as he hoped to save his legs to support Carapaz.

He said in Instagram: "Would have enjoyed pushing today's TT but thinking about the rest of the week. Madrida is getting closer...all in for red."

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for 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.