Chris Froome: I'm definitely heading in the right direction, my feelings are good

Chris Froome (Team Sky) at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome was keen to warm-down and debrief with Team Sky staff after the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps on Monday, but he appeared quietly satisfied with his performance on the short but intense stage to Folgaria. Froome finished fifth in the ski resort east of Trento, 10 seconds behind stage winner Pello Bilbao (Astana), one place behind Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) but four seconds ahead of Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates). Froome had not raced since Tirreno-Adriatico in early March but has recently spent 16 days training at altitude before a weekend of Giro d'Italia recon in northern Italy. However, he was fresh enough to respond to the attacks and the high speed on the final climb. After taking a drink from team staff, Froome opted to ride out the effort of the stage by adding a few kilometres to his day. He spoke about the stage ...

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