More than two years after his terrible accident on the Critérium du Dauphiné, Chris Froome will be back on the Tour de France.
The four-time winner of the race was indeed selected by his Israel Start-Up Nation team to participate in the French grand tour alongside Dan Martin, Andre Greipel and Michael Woods, who will be the team leader.
“It’s going to be a fantastic experience for me, being in the Tour de France again,” said Froome. “It’s been almost a decade since I’ve been in the Tour in this kind of role, where I’m not thinking about trying to go for a result myself, but supporting the team as best I can.
“Obviously the dream scenario for me would be to try and go for a result on a stage, or something like that, but that’s very much secondary at the moment. The first goal is looking after Woodsy and keeping him out of trouble. You can definitely expect to see me fetching some bottles over the next few weeks.”
“I’m going to be trying to soak up as much as I can in terms of that racing I’ve missed the last couple of years – that intensity. I really hope that at least by being there I’m going to be able to use that to lift me up to being much closer to where I need to be.”