Chris Froome eyes world championship title and 2014 Tour de France
By Peter Smith. Last Updated: 13/08/13 5:37pm
Froome: Checked out the world champs course last week
Chris Froome is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Mark Cavendish and win the world road race championships this September.
The Tour de France winner has already been to Florence to see the 2013 course for himself and reckons the tough finishing circuit to the 272.5km race will suit his climbing capabilities.
However, Froome, who was part of the Great Britain team which helped set up Cavendish for his sprint win in Copenhagen in 2011, says there will be a number of other talented climbers eyeing up the opportunity to pull on the famous rainbow bands on September 29.
"It was a huge thing for British cycling for Cavendish to be in the world champion's jersey and it would be an absolute honour to wear the jersey myself," the Team Sky ace told skysports.com.
"It's going to be a really tough race down in Florence, though. It finishes with a hard circuit - keeping in mind it's 280km and over 4000m of climbing - so it's going to be a little bit of a gamble.
"I think a couple of groups of riders could win it, either a punchier climber or a real pure climber, so it does open the race up to a lot of guys who could do really well there.
"But that makes it more exciting and I'd like to give it a shot and go for it."
"It was a huge thing for British cycling for Cavendish to be in the world champion's jersey and it would be an absolute honour to wear the jersey myself."
After featuring in a number of low-key post-Tour criteriums and enjoying some time recuperating from his heroics in July, Froome is flying to USA on Wednesday to compete in the seven-day US Pro Challenge stage race from August 19 to fine-tune his form ahead of the world championships.
"I'm going over to Colorado to the US Pro Challenge and I will spend two and a half weeks there with Richie Porte training to get ready for world championships," he said. "Hopefully that will see us in good stead for the worlds."
As for 2014, Froome is eager to defend his Tour de France title and says winning another yellow jersey - rather than tackling the Giro d'Italia or Vuelta a Espana again - remains at the top of his list of ambitions.
"It's hard to say at this point, not knowing the Tour route, but the Tour is an amazing race, the biggest race on our calendar and I'd love to go back and try to defend the yellow jersey," he said.
"For now I think the focus will be on the Tour, I haven't got a burning desire to try and venture from that."