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The four-time Tour de France winners road back to competition remains uncertain and no date has been set for his first race of 2020.

Chris Froomeshot back at reports that his recovery from injury is not going as planned.

Reports of an early exit from a DecemberTeam Ineostraining camp in Spain raised alarm bells about his racing future. Sources had already toldVeloNewsit was a planned early exit to continue with his rehabilitation efforts.

The four-time Tour de France star posted a short message on Instagram to counter a flurry of reports that hit the web over the weekend.

Hope that I can set this straight, Froome wrote. 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.

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 👊

A post shared byChris Froome(@chrisfroome) onJan 5, 2020 at 9:53am PST

The buzz around Froomes camp appearance reveals just how much uncertainty there is surrounding the return to competition for the recovering Team Ineos star.

Froome, 35 in May, has not racedsince crashingduring a time trial recon at the Critrium du Dauphin in June. Froome fractured his right femur, elbow and ribs, and has undergone aseries of surgeriesand lengthy rehabilitation sessions, casting doubt on the future of his racing career.

Ininterviews this fall, Froome was hoping for a return to racing some time in February, with the larger goal of trying to be ready for the Tour de France in July. So far, there is no official confirmation of Froomes return to competition.

There was also speculation that Ineos juggled its racing calendar in the wake of Froomes slow progress, ruling out a possible Giro dItalia start for 2019 Tour winnerEgan Bernaland putting his focus solely on a Tour defense. Sources close to Ineos said that suggestion is incorrect, and that a Giro-Tour double attempt for Bernal would be too taxing with the prospect of aclimber-friendly Olympic courseon tap for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Right now, it appears newcomerRichard Carapazwill lead at the Giro in what will be a title defense for the former Movistar rider, with likely help from some of Ineoss budding grand tour riders as well as new signingRohan Dennis, who is expected to focus on the Giros time trials.

Bernal and 2018 winnerGeraint Thomasare expected to headline Ineoss efforts at the Tour. The big question remains whether or not Froome will be race-ready to handle the demands of a very challenging Tour course.

Ineos posted a full gallery of shots from the team camphere.

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