Chris Froome may use motorhome at Tour de France - Dave Brailsford
Last Updated: 05/06/15 6:07pm
Sir Dave Brailsford has revealed it is "more likely than not" that Chris Froome will live in a motorhome at next month's Tour de France.
Team Sky trialled the concept at May's Giro d'Italia, when Richie Porte stayed in the Winnebago-style truck rather than the team hotel.
The idea is to spare the team's leader the burden of having to pack and unpack each day and also allow him to sleep in the same bed every night.
Porte was forced to quit the Giro after 15 stages due to injuries sustained in a crash and although the Australian ultimately didn't benefit from the motorhome, team principal Brailsford has not given up on the concept.
He told Sky Sports News HQ: "Obviously, this was a trial. What we do in cycling is we race 21 days on the trot, most riders share a twin room, they pack and unpack every night in hotels the race organisers allocate to us.
"The quality of sleeping is massively important in terms of a component of recovery. In the Tour de France you finish a stage then you travel to a hotel then travel back to the stage start the next morning.
"We worked out how much time it would save us if we did not do that and it worked out nearly a day, about 21 to 22 hours on our team bus. Instead you can sleep in the same bed and create a better environment for recovery.
"So we asked Richie if he was willing to be the guinea pig. Obviously there are pros and cons you don't want someone to isolate themselves from the group dynamic. But with nine riders in the team, normally one rider - the leader of the team - has his own room anyway.
"What we were interested in was the quality of sleep and how that impacted on recovery and how having a regular routine might benefit the team. There were certain challenges but there were more positive than negatives. It is still very much at a trial stage whether we use it in the Tour de France but it is more likely than not."
Froome is looking to win a second yellow jersey at next month's Tour, which takes place from July 4-26, and will step up his preparations by racing at the Criterium du Dauphine from June 7-14.
He goes into the race having been dogged by an illness in the spring that affected his results at the Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Romandie, but Brailsford insisted his star rider is now over his problems.
Brailsford said: "Chris is healthy, that is the key thing he has been training well, he has had a consistent training block.
"His weight's good and he's in a good place mentally and he's got the final pre-Tour race, the Dauphine, which starts this weekend. Then it will be just fine tuning after that, to hit the Tour fresh and ready to go."