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Chris Froome has addressed weekend reports he left a Team Ineos training camp in Mallorca early due to a delay in his recovery from injury.
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Cycling Central

6 Jan - 12:00 PM  UPDATED 21 Feb - 3:09 PM

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Froome leaves Team Ineos training camp early
Chris Froome has reportedly left a Team Ineos training camp early as career-threatening injuries continue to hinder his hopes of a comeback.

"Hope that I can set this straight, I was last at a training camp at the beginning of December," the four-time Tour de France champion said via his Instagram account.

"My recovery is going well and I will be heading to my next training camp on Thursday. Onward."

The news originated from the January edition of BiciSport magazine which hit newsstands this month and states Froome left an Ineos training camp in Spain after two days.  

The article (loosely translated) Battleship upside down: Froome KO, Bernal:Tour also says Team Ineos sports director Dario Cioni has doubts about his recovery. 

The BiciSport piece is probably referring to the Team Ineos training camp in Mallorca which if various Ineos riders' Instagram accounts are to be believed, happened in December.

The confusion no doubt has come about due to the nature of traditional media print runs but also Team Ineos' January 2nd online publication of its Mallorca training photo gallery where it is not evident Froome appears.

New Ineos signing Australian Rohan Dennis appears in this January 2nd gallery and he has been in Australia for several weeks.  

It is also not clear from Froome's post if the camp he refers to is the one in Mallorca and he indeed left early, or if he attended another camp.

Either way, according to BiciSport, it seems there are doubts within the team - at least there were in December anyway - around his recovery for the big dance in July and which the Italian publication infers is the reason Egan Bernal is concentrating soley on the Tour de France and Richard Carapaz the Giro d'Italia.

Froome has been in and out of action since June after fracturing his elbow, ribs, femur and sternum, in a crash at the Criterium du Dauphine.