Chris Froome is determined that his Tour de France title this year is just the start of a run of dominance in cycling’s greatest race.
The 28-year-old barely gave his rivals a sniff during the 100th Tour, and has warned them he believes he has still to reach his peak.
“If I look at my career now and what my ambitions are as a pro cyclist, to come and target the Tour has got to be the biggest goal,” he said.
“To be able to do that year after year through your prime period, that has got to be what my main focus is on.”
This year’s mountainous Tour route - criticised by some for being too tough as it deadened the yellow jersey battle in the final week, riders too exhausted to fight one another - suited Froome’s climbing ability.
But the man who finished second to Sir Bradley Wiggins in a support role on last year’s flatter parcours is confident he can handle most things the Tour might throw at him.
“I’d like to think I’m well balanced,” he said. “I can time trial reasonably, I can climb pretty well, I can’t see what else they can put in the Tour that I would struggle with so I’d like to think I can come back every year.
“This success here has set an amazing platform for me. Going forward, everything I’ve done building up to here, it really has been a massive learning experience as much as this Tour itself has been.
“It would be a shame not to carry that experience forward and use it in future editions.”
Kenya, birthplace of Tour de France winner Chris Froome, celebrated his victory yesterday but expressed regret he chose to fly a British and not Kenyan flag on the podium.
“Why did we let him go? Now the glory goes to UK,” wrote Allan Buluku in Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper. “But no matter, he has done Kenya proud. Congratulations Froome, we salute you.”
The Tour champion spent his childhood learning to ride in Nairobi before moving to South Africa as a teenager. While many Kenyans bicycle, few do so competitively, and Froome was little known before his win.