Ineos Team superstar, Chris Froome, is ready to race again. About four months after suffering a severe injury, he is now in Japan for two important activities. Namely testing the 2020 Olympic route while performing at Saitama Criterium on Sunday, October 27th.
This “return” of Froome was specially marked by Pinarello, Team Ineos bicycle supplier. Froomey-nickname racer 34 years-using F12 X-Light bikes with special features.
The bicycle was still black, with a rhino-shaped streak in front to commemorate Kenya, the birthplace of Froomey. The name “Froomey” and the lines on the top tube are made in three colors. Four yellow, two red, and one pink. It was to commemorate his career success. Four-time Tour de France champion, two-time Vuelta a Espana, and once Giro d’Italia.
Last Friday (October 25), Froomey and several racers tested the Olympic route next year. The road race route was indeed cruel, climbing a total of nearly 5,000 meters in the Mount Fuji area.
When trying the route, heavy rain fell. But Froomey and others remained serious about it. That day, Froomey 2 notes & with several colleagues and competitors. Namely Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland, Team Ineos), Romain Bardet (France, AG2R La Mondiale) and Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark, Astana). Incidentally, they will all participate in Saitama Criterium.
This Sunday, Saitama Criterium is indeed a prestigious event. Although its nature is not a race of death and all-out, many stars appear here.
The organizer is ASO, the owner of the Tour de France. Usually, the stars are the ones who succeed in the same year. In addition to the four stars above, the 2019 Vuelta a Espana champion Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was also present.