Chris Froome believes he will be back to his best next season after sustaining so many injuries during the 2014 campaign.
Froome crashed out of the Tour de France after crashing multiple times in the space of a couple days. The Briton fractured his wrist and hand as a result of the falls meaning controlling a bike was impossible.
The 2013 Tour champion also had a recurring back problem which led to him missing the Tirreno-Adriatico in March.
Froome season hasn't been a complete write off though with the rider finishing second in the Vuelta a Espana earlier this this month, which was very impressive seeing as he was just returning from his Tour de France injuries.
The 29 year old also won the Tour of Oman and the Tour de Romandie.
Froome admits he has had mixed fortunes this season but after a good performance in the Vuelta he thinks he can take that momentum into next year.
According to Sky Sports, the Team Sky rider siad: “It's fair to say it has been a year of ups and downs.
"More than anything I’m just glad that, after the setbacks at the Tour and the injuries early season with my lower back, injuries with my wrist, my hand, I’m all healed up now.
“The Vuelta was proof that those injuries aren’t going to be an issue for me going forward. It helped me get to the end of the season in good form again, which I would hope will transfer through to the winter.
“It has been a tough year but I’m really happy with how it has worked out. Cycling is so unpredictable and when you get everything that works in your favour, you should take that with open arms.
"But this year has been a lot about learning how to deal with situations where it doesn’t go quite right.”
There has been a lot of pressure on Froome this year after he dominated during the 2013 season and he believes the experiences he has learnt this year will help him improve as a rider.
“After winning the Tour de France, anything short of that is almost seen as a failure,” he added. “It’s easy to get carried away with that sentiment, but in reality, cycling is not that controllable or predictable.
2015 Tour de France challenger
“You have to go with it when it deals you a rough hand. You have to get on with it and focus on the next thing. That has been a big part of the experience and what I have learnt.”
For me, Froome is still one of the best riders in the world and I'm sure he will be challenging for the Tour de France yellow jersey once again in 2015.
With the Briton fully healed I think next year could be similar to 2013 in terms of race wins because Froome has the ability to win every race he enters now he has recovered properly.
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