Between them, they have 14 victories in the three main tours (Giro, Tour de France and Vuelta), out of seven, in perfect symmetry. Chris Froome, still racing at 37, and Alberto Contador, two years his senior and now retired, have dominated the podiums for more than a decade and have nothing but immense respect for each other . “Alberto was a real competitor”said Chris Froome. “There was never a moment when I didn’t have to focus. I always had to expect the unexpected when I was racing against him.”, commented the Briton of the Spaniard’s panache. Admiring, the four-time winner of the Tour de France (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) also appreciated the mentality of his rival: “He knew how to take the race in hand and not give up.”
The admiration is mutual from the Spanish side. “Against Chris, the battle was always difficult”explains Alberto Contador, who remembers perfectly the power of the British, but also of his team: “It was his final attacks, after Sky’s hard work, that impressed me the most.”
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Even at the end of their careers, Froome and Contador find themselves face to face, but this time virtually! BKOOL recreates race conditions and takes cycling simulators to the next level. The steepness of the hills, the weather, the clothing, everything has been perfectly restored to give you the impression that you are really on a bike!
Track cycling enthusiasts are not left out with the 3D velodrome simulation and it is also possible to access fitness classes and personalized training sessions. But it is on the road that Alberto Contador and Chris Froome can face each other again, without leaving their home. The Spaniard and the British thus rediscover the sensations of their legendary climbs in the Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux or even Alpe d’Huez!
“BKOOL allows me to train and enjoy every race, alone or with friends”Contador adds with a smile. “I mainly use it to discover places I haven’t visited during my career, but also to remind me of the good old days and to redo some of my races… with less pain,” jokes the Spaniard. He also praises “the completeness of the app, which offers an innumerable number of routes.”
Train with the champions
With its optimal realism and HD image, BKOOL offers an ideal environment to challenge any opponent: “Whenever they want”, challenge Contador. Like Froome and the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team, the seven-time grand tour champion is a BKOOL ambassador and competes in the app’s group races throughout the year. These extraordinary events bring together all BKOOL users and cycling stars for collective training. “I love competing in virtual groups!”says Chris Froome. “We can chat with the fans and share our training experience.”
BKOOL is also a partner of the Giro d’Italia and is organizing a virtual Giro d’Italia, the next edition of which starts this autumn. Participants can cover the most legendary stages of Italian racing, from Monte Zoncolan to Alpe Motta. A change of scenery and program, with the Tour de las Americas Northweek, which from July to September allowed all amateur cyclists to discover the fantastic routes of North and South America on video from the comfort of their interiors, last summer. Finally, BKOOL’s Tour de las Americas offers the best amateur races in South America.
A fantastic tool to prepare for the competition
Getting beyond yourself and discovering places from home is an idea that is close to Chris Froome’s heart. “I love the realism of BKOOL. Thanks to these videos, I am transported to the reality of racing. It is a fantastic tool to prepare for competition from the comfort of my home,” comments the Briton.
In 2019, Chris Froome was injured in a hard fall during a Dauphiné Libéré stage breakthrough. While he has since struggled to regain his form, he makes no secret that his home workout gives him the tools he needs to regain his form: “I do it for an hour every morning,” he says. . “It’s very good for the metabolism and one of the main reasons for my return to competition this year.” When virtual reality meets reality…
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