Britain’s four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is unsure if the organizers can fully stop large crowds from gathering at the race that was rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tour, scheduled to begin on June 27, was postponed to Aug. 29 because of the outbreak. Mass gatherings have been banned in France until September, with the country reporting over 168,000 coronavirus cases and over 24,000 deaths.
Froome, who won the Tour in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and is one victory away from equalling the record held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain, is utilizing the delay to make up the training time he lost after a crash in 2019.
The 34-year-old spent over three weeks in hospital after breaking his neck, femur, elbow, hip, and ribs in a high-pace crash while training for the Criterium du Dauphine in June.
“Some days I’m doing as much as six hours sitting on the stationary trainer — big days,” Froome stated.
“Loads of the training I’ve been doing have been indoors, so it’s prepared me for this lockdown period, and mentally I’m able to get through it easily.”