Chris Froome told El Mundo that he is not concerned about losing any speed as he gains another year.
Watching Alejandro Valverde win the Innsbruck World Championships convinced Froome “that age is not a decisive factor in cycling like many people think”.
“I still want to carry on for another few years that’s for sure, and seeing Valverde perform at the World Champs like he did last year can only give me motivation that age is not as big a factor as some people make it out to be,” Froome said.
The British rider who will be 34 by the time he tackles the Tour de France expressed his opposition to salary caps.
“In my opinion, that would defeat the object of having successful teams, because you want to be successful so you can maybe go to the sponsors and ask for a bigger budget,” the Team Sky leader said.
“We have the biggest budget now, but that wasn’t always this way. When we started back in 2010 we were definitely not the biggest team, but with success, then you can grow and the team grows. I think it would be sad if the teams weren’t able to grow from being successful.”