Dario David Cioni, Team Ineos’ sports director, reportedly said he doubted whether Froome would be able to get back in form at all. The 34-year-old suffered horrific injuries at last year’s Criterium du Dauphiné. However, Froome was quick to respond on Twitter and say his recovery was on schedule. And now, the principal of Team Ineos weighed in.

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Brailsford told Gazzette della Sport he believed Froome can return to race for the record-equalling 5th Tour de France title.

“After the accident, Chris worked incredibly hard. He is putting all the courage and determination into training that led him to win seven Grand Tours to be ready in time for the start of the 2020 Tour.”

“No one should underestimate Froome,” Brailsford added. “He and Ineos will really do everything they can to get him to his best by the start in Nice on Saturday, 27 June.”

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