“I go home and I analyse why things went wrong and I really feel as if that gives me a lot of motivation to come back even stronger the next opportunity I get.
“I think what’s more tricky is coming in and trying to stay motivated and even trying to improve when things have gone well for you.
“I think it’s quite easy to fall in to that trap, becoming complacent, and OK, I’ve won the Tour de France, well I’ll just go in next year and try and do the same thing again – it doesn’t work like that.
“I’m going to have to try and be better next year – I’ve got to look at everything I’m doing, every factor of my nutrition, my training, everything to be ready for the Tour de France and try and do it even better than I’ve done in the past.”
In order to do exactly that, Froome says he will be looking to build momentum from the word go in 2016.
“Certainly motivation is a bit part of racing. I mean winning a race like the Tour de France, it’s not possible for me to just show up in July in fantastic conduction and take on the Tour de France.
“I think it is critical for me to win at least one or two races, even if they’re smaller events, before the Tour de France just to build that momentum [and] to build the trust among my colleagues and my team-mates so that I really do have the buy-in 100 per cent from everyone going in to the Tour de France, so that they know that if they give it their all, that I’m going to be just as up for it and I’m going to give it absolutely everything to try and finish off the job for them.”