Froome: 'We need to chill our boots a little bit'
Chris Froome refused to set limits on his Tour de France ambitions yesterday as he reflected on a surreal victory and the moment he ran up Mont Ventoux and left his team-mates laughing all the way to Paris.
The 31-year-old Team Sky rider won his third Tour title in three years - 2014 the only blot on the record when he crashed out - on Sunday, but Froome is taking nothing for granted when the 2017 race route is announced in October.
"We need to chill our boots a little bit. Three is incredible," the Briton said. "It gets a bit dangerous when you start putting a number: five, or six, or seven.
"I'll definitely take it one at a time and if I can win the Tour again that would be unreal.
"I am looking forward to finding out what next year's edition will hold for us, what challenges we're going to have to train for and be ready for. I'd love to come back next year and fight for it again."
Froome moved to within two overall wins of Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain, who each won five Tours, while the disgraced Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven for doping. The defining image of the 2016 race will be of Froome striding up Mont Ventoux on July 14 in his cleats after a crash left him without a bike. The chaos might have cost him his third Tour title, until the race jury intervened.
Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford, known for his attention to detail, said: "We try to think of everything. Chris running up the Ventoux in the yellow jersey, without a bike, wasn't something we had in mind."