Chris Froome stated that he has finally found the cause for his poorer performance and back problems in recent years. But former rider Michael Rasmussen completely disagrees.
According to Froome, the cause of his back problems and poorer performance is the change in his cycling position when he switched from INEOS Grenadiers to Israel-Premier Tech in 2021. “At first I thought it was age,” says the 38-year-old Froome at Cyclingnews.
“I discovered that there was a difference in the reach (the distance between the saddle and the handlebars, ed.). On my new bike it was three centimeters longer,” says Froome. “I took my old bike to a specialist and we discovered very big differences between my positions.”
“But now we have made changes. When it comes to the saddle height, it is more than centimeters. And with the reach it is also a lot. We are not talking about millimeters here,” says the Briton.
But the Danish former rider Michael Rasmussen thinks it’s all nonsense. “What a lot of bullshit from Froome. Every professional cyclist who spends thousands of hours on the bike immediately senses if there would be such a change. Froome would still not ride a top twenty in the Tour of Rwanda on his 2015 Pinarello, with his current level.”