British cyclist Chris Froome will participate in the Tour de France, announced this Wednesday by the Israel Start-Premier Tech team, which will have the Danish Jakob Fuglsang as the leader in the race that will take place between 1 and 24 July.
Froome, who has won the Tour de France four times, the Vuelta España twice, and a Vuelta d’Italia, has been confirmed in the team’s lineup for the Tour, having dropped out of the Dauphiné Criteria due to illness.
“I am very happy to be heading to the Tour de France for the 10th time. I’ve worked really hard this year and I’m looking forward to giving it my all. We have a large group of riders on the team and I can’t wait for the battle to start in Copenhagen,” said Froome, quoted by the team.
The 37-year-old British cyclist has been looking to regain competitiveness in recent years after a severe slump in 2019.
The team will be led by the Danish Jakob Fuglsang, who recently finished the Tour of Switzerland in third, with the cyclist happy to start the Tour de France in his country.
“Starting the Tour in my country is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I worked a lot and I believe that my moment of form is what it should be at this time. The Tour is always unpredictable, but I want to make my mark on the race,” he defended.
In addition to Fuglsang and Froome, the team will also feature Michael Woods, Daryl Impei, Simon Clarke, Hugo Houle, Krists Neilands, and Omer Goldstein.
Sporting director Kjell Carlström stated that the team’s main objective is to win a stage, leaving open the possibility of fighting for one of the jerseys, as happened in the last edition, with Michael Woods in the fight for the mountain jersey.
The Tour de France starts on July 1st in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, and ends on July 24th in Paris.
Source: With Agencies