Italy: UK cyclist Chris Froome undecided on 2019 Giro d'Italia defence

SOT, Journalist (Italian): «Like you.» SOT, Chris Froome, British racing cyclist (Italian): «After this year I realised that it is not easy to win the Giro d'Italia. It would be very difficult for me not to run it next year.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «Do you think it's impossible to think of winning the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia as well?» SOT, Chris Froome, British racing... Еще cyclist (Italian): «It's not impossible, I got close to it by coming third in the Tour. It's difficult, not impossible.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «Is the Giro more suited to Froome or a runner like Dumoulin [Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin]?» SOT, Chris Froome, British racing cyclist (Italian): «We are similar, our strengths are almost the same.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «You're saying you will not run this ride?» SOT, Chris Froome, Cyclist (Italian): «We have not decided yet, I will decide it together with the team, it's not just me. Let's see.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «Is this Giro more difficult than last year?» SOT, Chris Froome, British racing cyclist (Italian): «It is not always the path that makes the difference, but the way in which we cyclists run. And it's the team and the riders who decide it.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «What is the most difficult stage of this Giro?» SOT, Chris Froome, British racing cyclist (Italian): «The stage of Gavia and Mortirolo, on the 16th.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «Does not it make you want to run to surprise us like last year with your 80km escape?» SOT, Chris Froome, British racing cyclist (Italian): «Yes, this type of cycling is incredible, especially now that everything is so predictable. It's great to bring these memories with me this year.» SOT, Journalist (Italian): «Urbano Cairo, the president of RCS [Italian multimedia publishing group that organises the Giro d'Italia], is here. Can he not do anything to convince you to come?» SOT, Chris Froome, British racing cyclist (Italian): «Yes, it's possible. As I said before, we haven't decided yet.» British racing cyclist and reigning Giro d'Italia champion Chris Froome said he still has not decided whether he will ride in next year's edition, during the official presentation of the 2019 edition of the race in Milan on Wednesday. «We have not decided yet, I will decide it together with the team, it's not just me. Let's see,» said the 2018 Giro d'Italia champion when asked by a reporter whether he will participate in the next edition of the competition. «After this year I realised that it is not easy to win the Giro d'Italia. It would be very difficult for me not to run it next year.» «It's a very balanced Giro d’Italia between trials of speed and uphill arrivals, so the winner will be a very complete athlete,» Froome said commenting on the newly revealed itinerary of the 2019 Giro. Froome won the Tour de France four times — in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 — and the Giro d'Italia once, in 2018. The 2019 edition of the Giro d'Italia will kick off in Bologna on May 11 2019 and end in Verona on June 2, Italy's Republic Day.

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