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Former Tour de France winner Chris Froome had a tough few months as he struggles with long COVID.
He first contracted the virus during the 2022 Tour de France and was forced to abandon the race after Stage 17. Since then, he’s had issues with an occasional inexplicable racing heartbeat and a VO2 Max that simply won’t bounce back. Now, he wants people to understand the risk of long COVID as he works to make a comeback for next season.
Pro cycling was mostly back in full force for the 2022 season, with travel bans and most restrictions lifted. Teams still tested for COVID-19 regularly during stage races, though, and while races were running, the question became less about who would crash out and be forced to abandon and more about which team would have the first positive COVID test. The Vuelta a España saw a huge chunk of riders out with COVID, and the Tour de France was not immune. Froome, in addition to several other riders, was forced to leave the stage race after testing positive ahead of Stage 18. Video player poster image He previously warned that COVID is “no joke,” but now, he’s opening up about the long term impact that the virus had on him, and has had on other racers in the pro ranks.
In his latest training video, Froome highlighted his struggles to recover while also living his best life in Miami, where he visited […]
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