Chris Froome (Ineos Grenadiers) was honored as the 2011 Vuelta winner on Sunday afternoon before the start of the final stage of the 75th Tour of Spain. “That is a very special victory,” said the Briton. “When I heard the news last year, I was still in intensive care after my fall. I didn’t even know then whether I would ever be able to race again. ”
In June last year, it was reported that Froome was named the overall winner of the Vuelta 2011, in which he came second. The Spaniard Juan José Cobo was taken away from his overall victory due to doping use. At that time, Froome was still in hospital after his heavy fall during the reconnaissance of the time trial in the Dauphiné. Froome broke his thigh, elbow and some ribs. He had to convalesce for months.
“Thank you to the Vuelta for receiving this trophy today,” the Brit wrote on Twitter. “I first heard about my overall victory in the hospital, when I didn’t know if I would ever be able to race again. Today I will complete my first big lap since that bad crash. And even though I was not yet at the level I had hoped for, I am proud to have already reached this step in my comeback to be the rider I want to be again. ”
“It was strange to be told in the hospital that I had won,” he further said by the Vuelta organization. “I have great memories of that race. It was the race in which I discovered myself as a rider and as someone who could compete for the final classification. It gave me confidence to go to the Tour afterwards and make a goal of big tours. I hope I will be here again next year, but in better ways. ”