Chris Froome to return to Tour de France after two-year absence
Jun 15 2021 09:42 pm CET

Chris Froome to return to Tour de France after two-year absence
Chris Froome to return to Tour de France after two-year absence
Chris Froome (c) Ronen Tupelberg and BRIAN Veloimages

Chris Froome has been announced as the road captain for Israel Start-Up Nation in the upcoming Tour de France.

The rider will make his return to the race that he has won four times and after suffering a very heavy accident in the Criterium du Dauphine during a training for the Individual Time Trial. Although the rider isn't enjoying his best moment on the bike, his experience is an asset to the team.

"After two years away from the Tour de France I can’t wait to get back," said Froome. "It has been an arduous journey since my crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2019, but this has been one of my biggest motivations.

"I’ve been working tirelessly to get to where I am, and although my ambitions this year won’t be as leader, I hope to add my experience and support to the team as best I can as road captain. We have a strong contender in Michael Woods, and I look forward to giving my all for him and the team in the battle to Paris."

Michael Woods has been announced as the leader of the team, and he will profit from Froome's experience in the French Grand Tour. "Chris will be our road captain in this year’s Tour de France," said Israel Start-Up's sports manager Rik Verbrugghe. "As a four-time winner of the Tour, the value of his experience cannot be underestimated. It will be extremely useful for the team during the race.

"On a performance level, I believe that we will see another improvement from the Dauphiné to the Tour after our recent training camp in the Alps. We hope to see Chris progress stage by stage throughout the race."
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