Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) revealed in his latest YouTube video that he is suffering from a knee injury that will prevent him from riding at a crucial time in preparation for his goals in 2022.
“I just came back from doing tests at the hospital this morning,” Froome said from his home in Monaco on January 1 (around 9:30 am). “For the past ten days or so, I have had a lot of pain on the outside of my leg, on the outside of my knee, while I pedal, and the scans have essentially shown that I had damaged my TFL tendon, which is basically where the IT band connects to the side of the knee over there.
Froome’s fairly calm 2021 season ended in October with the Tour of Sicily followed by a trio of Italian one-day races. In early November, he joined his teammates for a low-key training camp in Israel, which included a visit to a local market, mountain biking, lots of photo ops, and fun with a small trebuchet…
After a busy offseason and a chance to refocus on 2022, Froome has since resumed training, but it hasn’t quite gone as planned.
“I think coming back to training the last few weeks I was maybe a little too enthusiastic, maybe pushing a little too much, and it obviously ignited after a few weeks without a bike”, a- he continued. “Maybe the body wasn’t ready to push that hard and it got inflamed and caused a bit of inflammation, it’s definitely pretty noticeable there.
“But what that does mean is that I’m going to have to take a good chunk of a week off the bike before I start very gradually without loading it for almost two to three weeks after that. So it’s definitely a setback for me.
The 36-year-old was due to travel to South America for the Vuelta a San Juan at the end of January – although it is said that this race could be canceled again – then a trip in late February to the Tour of Rwanda, before returning. in Europe for a familiar preparation for the Tour de France. However, this nagging knee injury throws a wrench in the works.
“I’m not sure where I’m going to start the racing season next year, but it’s definitely going to push everything back a bit,” confirmed Froome. “It’s unfortunate, but I’m going to have to make the most of it and keep working on things I can work on outside of the bike.”
The good news for Froome, however, is that the year is still in its infancy and the man is no stranger to injury recovery.