Froome calls on Kerrison to help plan time trial assault
Chris Froome believes his chances of victory in Wednesday’s time trial will be greatly enhanced by the presence of his Team Sky coach Tim Kerrison, who flew out to Brazil last night to help mastermind his effort against the clock.
Kerrison, who was signed from British Swimming having previously worked in the Australian setup in that sport, is the brains behind all three of Froome’s Tour de France wins.
Froome said last night that the pair had worked a lot on his pacing ahead of last month’s Tour, where the Briton managed to finish second and then first in the two individual time trials.
“[Kerrison] is flying out this evening and will stay close to the TT circuit,” Froome said. “We will head out there tomorrow and have a look at it and come up with a plan; a pacing strategy.”
“It is something we have done a lot of work on and it worked really well at the Tour this year. Ideally we will be able to replicate what we did at the Tour, although it’s a very different type of effort. Almost 60km.”
The only man to beat Froome at
the Tour was the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, who triumphed in the longer, flatter first time trial in the middle week. However, Dumoulin suffered a fractured wrist following a crash in the penultimate mountain stage and his form now is unknown. He climbed off his bike after a few kilometres of Saturday’s road race.
Froome said that he felt the Dutchman was still a strong contender, marking him out as one of five to watch. “I’ve no doubt he will still be a serious threat,” he said. “The other guy who I thought showed well on Saturday was [Switzerland’s] Fabian Cancellara – we could see him back to his TTing best. I would rate those two. Then also [Germany’s] Tony Martin. Although the course is hilly it only takes three or four minutes to get up there – Tony can do that just fine – and then there are long flat sections which he will enjoy.
“Also Vasil Kiryienka [Belarus] and Rohan Dennis [Australia]. Those five I would say will be my main rivals.” Great Britain could yet have two entries in the time trial, with Geraint Thomas potentially being granted a late spot following injuries to Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) and Richie Porte (Australia) in Saturday’s men’s road race.