I’LL BE BIKE! Super-human Chris Froome has compared himself to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator as the bike legend promised to return.
Horror-smash victim Froome posted a gif of Arnie’s iconic “I’ll be back” line as the Brit recovers from surgery after breaking his femur, elbow and ribs.
The four-time Tour de France king backed Team Ineos chief Dave Brailsford’s prediction that he will make an elite-level comeback.
Froome tweeted a famous movie image of the Terminator’s most memorable words to suggest he too had the same dogged determination after his hospital operation.
The 34-year-old wrote: “Looking at my post op scans…”
Positive replies flooded in on social media, including: ” I think Chris will make the biggest comeback in the history of cycling.”
Another said: “The Froomeynator! Great to hear that.”
But one bike fan changed gear with a reference to 1970s’ TV sci-fie series The Six Million Dollar Man.
that tweet read: @chrisfroome Cyclist. A man broken in pieces, Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. @chrisfroome will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.”
Meanwhile, Brailsford insisted Froome was far more likely to return that retire.
He told BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek: “I think he will try and get back.
“Who knows how this will impact on him, but I don’t think it will be the case where he’ll just say ‘right, I’m satisfied now. I’ll hang up my wheels and call it a day’.
“I think he’s more likely to really work hard in rehab and push himself really hard.
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“He’ll take the same approach to that I’m sure as he does to his sport.
“If I was a betting man I’d say yes we’ll seem him back at some point in the future.”
Froome is certainly out for the rest of the season after crashing into a wall at about 37mph while blowing his nose in a practice race last week.