Chris Froome says his recovery is taking longer than expected but added he is still determined to get back to his best.
The Israel Start-Up Nation rider, winner of seven Grand Tours, is still struggling with the after effects of a career threatening crash he suffered in the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné, as he tries to return to race-winning form.
Froome, 35, says he wants to look back in a few years and know that he tried everything he could to make a full recovery from the horrific crash.
In an interview with Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the four-time Tour de France winner said: “I still feel the hunger to race and do everything I can to get back to my best,
“It’s taking longer than I expected, but I don’t want to miss the chance. In a few years I want to look back and tell myself that I’ve tried everything.”
Froome crashed during a recon of the time trial stage of the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné, when he lost control of his TT bike while wiping his nose and hit a low wall at more than 50km/h.
The Brit suffered multiple serious injuries, including a broken femur and broken elbow, and needed immediate maw surgery.
Froome returned to the peloton in early 2020 with Ineos Grenadiers and was able to finish the Vuelta a España that year.
Froome spent the winner in California working with experts from the Red Bull High Performance Centre, trying to correct the power discrepancy between his legs with off-the-bike strength work.
But Froome, currently racing the Tour de Romandie, has yet to show signs of race-winning form, currently sitting 63rd overall, five minutes down on the leaders.
He started the race with a 130th-place finish in the opening prologue, losing 52 seconds in just 4km.
Froome added: “I know about my injuries and do not expect miracles. I won’t wake up one day and suddenly win again, because I’m starting at the bottom and working my way up again.”