Froome looking to make up for 2012 ‘frustration’ at Tour de France

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Britain’s Chris Froome puts on the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the podium after the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5 kilometers (126.5 miles) with start in Eymet and finish in Pau, France, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Chris Froome will return to the scene of one of his most frustrating moments at the Tour de France on Thursday.But the three-time champion said after Wednesday’s 11th stage he has no regrets about the day he was denied the chance of going for a stage victory in Peyragudes as he had to wait for team leader and eventual champion Bradley Wiggins.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade While the last two flat stages since Monday’s rest day were relatively simple and tranquil for the overall contenders, some still managed to get themselves in bother.‘Nervy’Romain Bardet, third overall at 51sec, came off his bike twice, as did two-time former winner Alberto Contador.“I’m ok, I’m happy to have finished with that stage, it was nervy,” said Bardet.“I was caught up in crashes twice so I’m happy to have come out unscathed and to have finished with these flat stages.“It’s never nice to crash twice — these are the type of days on the Tour where you have to know how to accept your pain with patience, kowtow a bit and wait for better days.”Contador might have been thinking about attacking in the Pyrenees but his two crashes, added to two more last Sunday, have left him looking just to survive until the Alps.“This complicates things a lot for me in the Pyrenees but there’s no way I’m letting my head go down,” insisted the 34-year-old, who is already five minutes down and 12th overall.“When things go against you, instead of thinking of other things or other objectives, you need to be stronger, more determined, and that’s what I’m going to do.“This certainly doesn’t help. I’ll have to wait for the Alps (to attack).” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES “I have mixed feelings. On that day there was frustration for not being able to go for the stage win, but at the same time I had great feelings and great legs.“I would be very happy if they felt the same tomorrow.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 17th stage in 2012 was won by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by just 19 seconds as he held off the charging Froome and Wiggins.But several times Froome had been able to accelerate away from his team leader, only to be called back to wait for Wiggins, the yellow jersey holder at that time. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Colombian Nairo Quintana vowed to attack if he has the strength, although he’s been complaining of a lack of that the last few days.He cracked on the final climb last Sunday and has drifted out to eighth overall at 2min 13sec from Froome. But he too is staying positive.“We’re not far and we’ve not lost hope. We’ll see how tomorrow goes and how the legs are.“For the moment they feel good and we hope they’ll get better still.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “I’ve no regrets, that’s not who I am. I will continue to look forward and in the moment I made the right decisions,” said Froome.Thursday’s 214.5km stage will be crucial to the overall standings, according to Froome, and he’s expecting his rivals to try something audacious.“It’s interesting, it’s going to be certainly one of the stages that shapes this year’s Tour de France being one of the only uphill finishes left now — there are two of them,” said the Sky team leader.“From our point of view, we don’t want to see guys who’ve lost time already getting back into the game, so we aren’t going to let any GC contenders get up the road to get that time back.“But my focus is on Fabio Aru who’s only 18 seconds behind.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Crystal Palace midfielder still has a future at the club

first_img1 Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has revealed midfielder Adlene Guedioura still has a future at Selhurst Park, despite being sent out on loan to Watford.As talkSPORT told you yesterday, the Algerian international will link-up with the Hornets until January to gain much-needed first-team football, but he is likely to return to the Eagles immediately after the deal expires.Guedioura has made four appearances for Palace in the Premier League this season but has struggled to consistently force his way into Warnock’s plans.However, the Eagles manager believes Guedioura could step up and fill the void left by midfield powerhouse Mile Jedinak next year – who is likely to miss up to four matches because of his Asia Cup commitments with Australia.Warnock said: “He [Guedioura] needed topping up really with some games and we can get him back in for the Christmas period if we want to.“But I just felt that with the people that are going away in January, we need to make sure people are ready to step straight in fitness-wise from January 1. I think Jedinak will be away almost straight away next year.” Adlene Guedioura last_img read more