Astana’s manager claims to believe that the Giro is better off without Chris Froome participating, because he might be a too “dangerous” of a rival.
The Giro d’Italia will celebrate its 100th anniversary on 5th May with many stars of the cycling world: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Fabio Aru (Astana), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and perhaps one or both of Orica-Scott’s Yates twins Adam and Simon. But as we stated before, Froomer won’t be around to pick a glass of champagne.
The Team Sky’s champ decided to focus solely on the upcoming Tour de France because he has his eyes on the fourth title and Martinelli couldn’t be happier about that. “I said many times to the organisers to not invite Froome because in my opinion he would ruin the party!” Giuseppe Martinelli said with a laugh. On the other hand, he admitted that Froome in combination with all the other stars would be a bigger eye candy for the audience and fans but his absence gives him a peace of mind. “Certainly to have a Giro with Quintana, Froome, Vincenzo, Fabio and all the other stars would be beautiful, but I prefer that Chris thinks of the Tour,” Martinelli said.
Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa will lead Sky in its quest to win its first Giro title this May. With titles in 2013, 2015 and 2016, Froome is one of only four three-time winners, American Greg LeMond being the last joining the ranks. Only four others have won more – five each – Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.
“Probably he wants to win many Tours like the big stars have done. He has a possibility to win five or six Tours,” Martinelli added.
“In this moment, Froome doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. He’s the strongest in stage races,” Martinelli concludes.