Froome has moved from Ineos Grenadiers to ISN this season in a bid to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain on five Tour wins, an official record after Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles.
The four-time champion has shown little to suggest that a tilt in France is possible this time around, with the 36-year-old still on the return track after career-threatening injuries.
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“Chris works hard. He just came from another high altitude training camp and we will continue to support Chris, ”said Pridham.
“Whether he’s in good shape or he’s there to support the team… Chris is going to want to be a team player, be it a road captain or whatever.
“To have someone as experienced as Chris Froome on any team is a bonus. “
Froome returns to the scene of his horror crash at the Critérium du Dauphine this weekend.
He was left in intensive care after sustaining multiple fractures when he was torn from his bike during a reconnaissance race at the event in 2019.
The Briton insists that skeptics are urging him to rediscover the form and fitness that propelled him to seven Grand Tour victories.
While Froome is unlikely to win the yellow jersey in France in 2021, with defending champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) and former teammate Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) on the roster. initially, its appearance will give the last indication as to its current level.
‘I loved every minute’
Pridham also said she was the first woman to hold a DS role on the Men’s World Tour.
Images of her celebrating a victory in her first race gained attention and acclaim on social media after ISN’s Mads Wurtz Schmidt won a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico in March.
“I loved every minute of it,” she said.
“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing and took the opportunity when the time came last year to reach out to a handful of World Tour teams. And Israel Start-Up Nation gave me the opportunity and I haven’t looked back since.
“The encouragement, support and greetings that I have received from the other sports directors of the other teams have been phenomenal.
“This particular victory that we had, the next day, I had so many sports directors, from almost all the teams, came to welcome me on the World Tour and to congratulate me on this victory. “
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