Chris Froome says that “unexplainable pain” and problems with his right quad take hindered his comeback from his nasty crash in 2019.
The 7-time Grand Tour winner is spending the winter standing his rehabilitation at the Red Bull High Performance Center in Santa Monica and has detailed the discomfort he has been in from a surgical spiral, a severe weakness in his right leg and his recovery procedure ahead of the 2021 cycling season.
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“The biggest learnings towards the terminate of concluding year were really from doing some isokinetic testing and figuring out that I was still sitting with about a xx% deficit in quad force on the right-hand side,” Froome said.
Basically, it meant the rehab process wasn’t 100% completed. Nosotros are doing ii-hour sessions, iii or iv times a calendar week, and focusing on really building muscle mass and strength on the leg that was injured.
“It wasn’t coming from the insertion of the muscle. It was this unexplainable pain.
“I went to have some scans done direct afterwards the Vuelta and we found that ane of the screws was actually piercing through the bone and potentially causing a bit of a grating sensation on the muscle every bit I was cycling.”
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Froome says he is working difficult to render to full force despite the setbacks ahead of the new entrada with his new team Israel Start-Up Nation.
“In a way I see this as the biggest challenge I’ve come up up against in my career,” he said.
“Not only am I coming dorsum from the injury but too I spent two years away from the Bout de France. And I’m up confronting a lot of new faces who I haven’t got feel racing confronting – guys like Tadej Pogacar.
But age is a country of mind. I feel relatively young in cycling years. I got into the sport a little bit later. The manner nutrition has evolved and the sport has evolved, it’s certainly possible for athletes to go later and later. Y’all look at a rider similar Alejandro Valverde who is forty and still racing G Tours and is still upward there competing with the best in the world. It’s certainly possible and I’d like to prove that equally well.
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