“After the accident, Chris worked incredibly hard,” Brailsford told Gazzetta della Sport. “He is putting all the courage and determination into training that led him to win seven Grand Tours to be ready in time for the start of the 2020 Tour.”
“No one should underestimate Froome. He and Ineos will really do everything they can to get him to his best by the start [of the Tour de France] in Nice on Saturday, 27 June.”
Press reports in Italy claimed that the 34-year-old had left a Team Ineos training camp two days early and that sports director Dario Cioni was concerned about whether Froome would fully recover from the horrific injuries he sustained at the Criterium du Dauphiné in June.
On Sunday Froome tweeted an update on his recovery and schedule, saying: “Hope that I can set this straight, I was last at a training camp at the beginning of December.
“My recovery is going well and I will be heading to my next training camp on Thursday. Onward.”