Chris Froome to head to the cobbles before 2018 Tour de France
Oct 19 2017 09:26 pm CET

Chris Froome to head to the cobbles before 2018 Tour de France
Chris Froome to head to the cobbles before 2018 Tour de France
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is already thinking about his preparation to tackle the 2018 edition of the race and its dreaded cobbled section.

The Kenyan-born rider rode Paris-Roubaix in 2008 and had to withdraw with injuries to his hands due to the friction and pain in his body caused by the roughness of the terrain. In 2014, Froome was set to face the cobbles again during the Tour de France, but two crashes took him out of the race before he could even start the stretch.

The 2018 French Grand Tour will feature a 22-kilometre long section of cobbles and Froome already has his eye on it. "It's not a part where you could win the race but it's certainly a part where you could lose it," said the rider in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.

The Briton plans to ride the stretch well before the race. "I might try to have a look at some of those cobbled sections myself and go and ride them," he explained. "I don't have any plans to ride Paris-Roubaix or any of the one-day spring Classics, but I must get up there and test them out and make a decision on wheels and tyres and other technical things.

"Each Tour de France I've won now has been a completely different challenge and that's one of the things that makes the Tour special. We have a bit of everything."

Froome will attempt to become the fifth rider to take five victories in the Tour de France after Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.


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