Chris Froome’s Cy­cling Weekly Tour Di­ary – July 31 2008

Cycling Weekly - - FIRST TOUR -

I made it to Paris! It was a dif­fi­cult Tour for ev­ery­one at Bar­loworld be­cause of Moisés Dueñas’s pos­i­tive dope test and the se­ri­ous con­se­quences it has had on the fu­ture of the team, but on a per­sonal level I’m very pleased with my per­for­mance and with fin­ish­ing 84th over­all.

I had some bad days when I was just try­ing to sur­vive, but the good days made it all worth­while and I’ll never for­get rid­ing up Alpe d’huez just be­hind the lead­ers or rid­ing onto the Champs-elysées.

De­spite all the prob­lems, we cel­e­brated mak­ing it to Paris be­cause we de­served it, and to be hon­est I’m op­ti­mistic about my fu­ture and that of the team.

There’s some con­fu­sion about my na­tion­al­ity and I was still con­sid­ered Kenyan by the Tour, but I’ve got a Bri­tish pass­port and a Bri­tish li­cence and so I’d love to ride for Bri­tain as soon as pos­si­ble.

I’ve got a con­tract with Clau­dio Corti for 2009 but af­ter that I’d be in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved in the planned Bri­tish team. I haven’t spo­ken to Dave Brails­ford but I’d love to sit down with him and hear his plans and tell him my goals for my ca­reer.

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