Chris Froome says abuse on Tour de France helped Team Sky bond

first_imgChris Froome believes that the vitriol directed at Team Sky during the Tour de France spurred them on. The four-time winner, who has been booed during almost every stage, spat at and had an unidentified liquid poured on him, said the team had bonded over the incidents.“It brought us together,” he said. “We bonded faster this year. It feels as if it was us against the world. It was amazing how the team pulled through especially when off the bike it’s been more difficult.”Froome, who finished second in Saturday’s 31km time trial from Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette, also paid tribute to Geraint Thomas, who will finish with the yellow jersey in Paris on Sunday.“I didn’t need to give him much advice,” he said. “He was in yellow last year, he’s seen me in these situations. We were always very open and honest with each other. It was clear once we hit the Alps that Geraint was in better physical condition so it was pretty simple.” Share on WhatsApp “This was a similar type of day to when he has ridden in big Olympic finals,” he said. “You have to keep focusing on the process rather than wonder about whether it rains, whether he crashes, or what your rivals are going to do.“He was nervous. There is always going to be performance anxiety at this level but the way he handled it was the key.”Tom Dumoulin, who won the time trial by one second from Froome, paid tribute to Thomas, who he said was the strongest man in the race. “He was in the shape of his life. He never made any mistakes, he was never put into any trouble in the mountains and I only have big respect for him.” Reuse this content Cycling Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Dave Brailsford praised Froome for his behaviour towards Thomas. “Chris came here to win,” said the Team Sky principal. “He didn’t come here to get on the podium. There was a moment he realised he wasn’t going to win and it would have been understandable for him to have a little moment. But the first thing he did was to get on the front and help Geraint.“That’s rare. And it sums him up. To have the class to do that when he was most challenged, you can see into the heart and the soul of that guy and you know what he is about. Geraint will be a legend in Britain and Wales, but Chris is a titan.”Brailsford said Thomas had been nervous before the individual time trial, especially given the difficulties of riding on skiddy roads, but that Thomas’s experience of winning Olympic gold had helped keep the butterflies away. Share on Messenger Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on LinkedIn ‘It should be enough’: Geraint Thomas confident of Tour de France triumph news The Observercenter_img Geraint Thomas Team Ineos Since you’re here… Tour de France Chris Froome Support The Guardian Share via Email Topics Tour de France 2018 Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitterlast_img

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