Team Sky will learn from disappointing Tour, says Froome

Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:42am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Team Sky must lick their wounds after a disappointing Tour de France campaign and come back stronger next year, 2013 winner Chris Froome said on Tuesday.

Having won back-to-back Tours thanks to Bradley Wiggins and Froome, Team Sky were expected to be on top of the podium after completing the final stage along the Champs-Elysees.

But their hopes of a third successive victory were dashed when defending champion Froome was forced to abandon the Tour on stage five because of a fractured wrist.

"It's devastating for us as a team having won it for the last two years," Froome told Sky Sports News.

"We put a lot of expectations on this year's Tour but I think it has probably been a good readjustment for us to reevaluate things and just look at exactly where we are and how to improve.

"It is easy to get lulled into a false sense of security on how easy it is at the time but it's a huge ask winning something like the Tour de France.

"I don't think we can ever go there and think we've got this one in the bag, it's never the case."

In the absence of the 29-year-old Froome, Team Sky pinned all their hopes on Richie Porte but the Australian struggled on Stage 13 and slipped down the general classification from second to 16th.

It was suggested that 2012 winner Wiggins, who was overlooked for the Tour, should have been in the team but Froome defended Sky's decision to back Porte.   Continued...

Defending champion, Team Sky rider Christopher Froome (R) of Britain reacts as he speaks to the media as he leaves his hotel in Marcq-en-Baroeul, northern France, after abandoning in the 5th stage of the Tour de France cycle race between Ypres in Belgium and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut in France, July 9, 2014.   REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier