Froome: "A lot of it is mind over matter so I hope the body will follow."

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Froome: "A lot of it is mind over matter so I hope the body will follow."

Chris Froome is back on the bike tracks and trying to get his old form back. However, it will not be easy for him after the accident he experienced in 2019 and he believes that he is still not at his level "I’ve definitely found it hard coming back to racing after winter," Froome said on Tuesday morning, as quoted by cyclingnews "I spent a lot of time focusing on the off-bike aspect, completing my rehab, but I’ve obviously got a long way to go still in terms of a race condition and getting ready for the season."

Israel Start-Up Nation, his new team had a bad result in the race in the UAE. "The first day of racing has shaken up this UAE Tour, with a very select group going clear with such big time gap," Froome said. "A few teams missed out, and we were unfortunately one of those teams not represented up front.

Now we’ve got to continue to race as best we can and look for stage wins with Andre Greipel, and use the climbing days for races coming up."

Injury recovery

He says that the recovery from the injury is going well, although sometimes he feels discomfort during sleep "I am in no real pain now.

I get a little discomfort when I sleep on my right side and some burning from where I had a plate inserted but it doesn’t affect me on the bike. All the gym and rehab work is translating to power on the bike," he said.

He believes that age is not a problem, but that with them he gains new experiences that can help him "We’re learning more and more about our bodies and I certainly believe it’s more to do with mindset in your late 30s," he said, giving himself a good few years to target that fifth Tour de France title.

Although he has already won four Tour de France titles, that does not seem to be enough for him. He says that his goal is to win the fifth and that he will try everything to achieve that goal, despite the fact that he is already in his serious years.

"It is going to be a huge ask but, with four titles, I’ve come so close to the record of five. There’s nothing holding me back any more so I’d love to give it my best shot and win a fifth. A lot of it is mind over matter so I hope the body will follow."