Chris Froome is known for his incredible physiology and on a training break in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa fellow Team Sky rider Ian Boswell felt the full force of the two-time Tour de France champion.
The pair headed to South Africa after racing in the Cadel Evans Road Race, as both Boswell and Froome looked to get in some miles ahead of a hectic period where the races come thick and fast.
Boswell’s next race is Paris-Nice where he will support Welshman Geraint Thomas; but for Froome he has decided to wait until the Volta a Catalunya for his next appearance for Team Sky.
Training with Froome was ‘eye-opening’ says Boswell
The 25-year-old Boswell is a domestique for Sky unlike Froome who is the undisputed leader of the team; but training with someone of Froome’s calibre will only help Boswell improve.
“It’s probably the biggest training block I’ve ever done with Chris and it was eye-opening to see how hard he works, how much he trains, and how much he suffers as well,” said Boswell.
After releasing his data to the world after last year’s Tour, people now know what Froome is capable of in terms of power, but in Africa Boswell got to experience first-hand just how good Froome is.
“There were a few days where I was right on the limit and pretty darn tired,” said Boswell.
With the majority of the Sky riders already taken part in early season races such as The Tour Down Under, and also the Classics which started with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last weekend, Boswell is a little behind in terms of actual racing.
But he is looking forward to how he shapes up in Paris-Nice after his training, saying: “It’s going to be interesting to see where I’m at compared to the guys who’ve been racing in Europe for the last few months.”