Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) says he encountered a setback in his early-season training. Suffering from knee pain which he attributes to training too hard, too soon after his offseason break, the Briton says he will have to take a full week of cycling.
Froome, a four-time Tour de France winner, explained on his personal YouTube channel that he suffered from pain caused by inflammation of his tensor fascia latae, a small muscle that attaches to the iliotibial band and is involved in flexion. , hip abduction and abduction. internal rotation as well as knee flexion and lateral rotation – movements which are all crucial for cycling.
“For the past ten days or so, I have had a lot of pain on the outside of my knee while I pedal,” says Froome, touching his right knee. This is the same leg where he fractured his femur during his dramatic fall during the reconnaissance of the Critérium du Dauphiné time trial in 2019.
“The scans basically showed that I had damaged my TFL tendon (sic), which is where the computer band connects to the side of the knee.
“Unfortunately I think that coming back to training the last few weeks I was maybe a little too excited, pushing a little too much. It was after a few weeks without a bike and maybe the body didn’t. wasn’t ready to push that hard. It broke out and caused a bit of inflammation. “
Froome has not been able to return to the level that has earned him seven Grand Tours since his accident, but the 36-year-old has said he hopes to return to a competitive level in 2022.
The knee injury will prevent Froome from stepping up his training for the next few weeks and has made his race plans for the start of the season uncertain.
“It’s pretty sensitive. I have to take half a week off the bike completely before starting very gradually without charging it for the better part of two to three weeks after that,” says Froome.
“It’s definitely a setback for me. I’m not sure where I’m going to start the racing season. It will definitely push everything back slightly.
“It’s unfortunate, but I’m going to have to make the most of it and keep working on things I can work on off the bike – make sure you do a lot of core work, build up the muscles I can work on. work without stressing this tendon further. “
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