Froome not considering retirement, says Brailsford

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Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford has rejected the idea that Chris Froome could retire from the sport, expressing his belief the reigning Tour de France champion will continue "for a long time".

Froome won the Tour's general classification in 2016 for the third time in four years, after previous successes in 2013 and 2015.

He added Olympic time trial bronze to his already burgeoning collection at Rio 2016 and Brailsford sees no reason why the 31-year-old should pack in the pedalling any time soon.

"I think that's a personal decision for him, but I don't see it," Brailsford told Omnisport.

"I think he's in good health, he's very motivated, he's one of the big champions and I think he'll continue for a long time.

"I think he's cemented his place now amongst the greats and really, he is one of the great cyclists of all time and I think he now wants to cement his place which is great.

"In terms of challengers and the opposition, I think you always have to be scared of everybody.

"You can't underestimate any rider, any new rider, because the moment that you start thinking about only one rider, then somebody else will come. You've got to treat everyone with respect."

Brailsford also suggested that Froome could return to race in the Giro d'Italia, having not competed in that Grand Tour since 2010, when he was disqualified for holding onto a motorbike.

"Well I think that's possible," Brailsford said. "When the time is right I do think it would be good for Chris to consider the Giro of course and he's already ridden the Vuelta [a Espana] on several occasions and I think we should go back, when the time's right, and have a go at the Giro."

When asked by Omnisport last week what Lance Armstrong's legacy in cycling would be, Froome replied that he felt the disgraced American did not have one.

Faced with the same question, Brailsford's response was short and to the point: "The sport is cleaner."