Froome set to begin season in Tour of Oman, gunning for strong overall result
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Froome set to begin season in Tour of Oman, gunning for strong overall result

by VeloNation Press at 12:26 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour of Oman
 
“I want to back up everything I achieved last season and prove to people that I am a legitimate champion”

Chris FroomeStarting his season in four days’ time at the Tour of Oman, Tour de France champion Chris Froome has said that he is determined to prove that his run of success in 2013 was legitimate and is repeatable. The Briton, who started his run of successful GC results last year by winning Oman, wants to have another strong race, although he is not making predictions about whether or not he can triumph there again.

“I wouldn’t say I have the same kind of pressure that I had last year for Oman,” he said. “I’m a lot more relaxed coming into this season, but at the same time I feel just as eager and just as motivated to get stuck into the racing. I’m really looking forward to getting back into it.

“Oman is always a place where you don’t quite have the same kind of pressure as in Europe in terms of the press and thousands of spectators. But it’s certainly going to be a high level of racing and from the competitors who are lining up there it’s shaping up to be a pretty tough race. I’ve felt good in training and I’m certainly hoping to have a good first outing.”

Unlike the Tour of Qatar, which finished today, the Tour of Oman is a much hillier race. This is something which suits Froome’s characteristics and if he is in anything like the same shape as last year, should be in the running for the final classification.

“I want to back up everything I achieved last season and prove to people that I am a legitimate champion,” he said, laying out his season targets. “Especially in this era of cycling, there’s so much doubt around what we’re doing. I sincerely want to prove to people they can believe in this sport again, believe in me, and believe in Team Sky. I hope last year’s not going to be a one-off for me because of that would raise doubts.

“I want to back up my results for the next five years at least to prove that nothing was a fluke. My results will stand the test of time and I want to erase any doubt about them – that’s a massive motivation.”

His Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins stated today that he wants to return to the Tour de France, a race he won in 2012. He seems to accept that Froome is the better bet for Sky for the future, and has said that he is willing to ride for the younger Briton.

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