Chris Froome will not lead the Tour de France team – –

Chris Froome will not lead the Tour de France team – –

Froome, left, and Woods have both signed for Israel Start Up Nation for 2021

Chris Froome will not be leading his Israel Start Up Nation team at this month’s Tour de France.

The team have announced that Canada’s Michael Woods will try to win the Grand Tour instead.

It is not yet clear whether the four-time winner Froome will be part of the eight-man squad for the race, which starts on June 26.

Froome has been trying to get back in shape since he suffered multiple fractures in an accident at the Critérium du Dauphine in 2019.

Froome, 36, recently said he didn’t expect to compete for Tour victory this year after spending the start of the season working as a domestic, trying to regain his form.

But the seven-time winner of the Grand Tour lost ground in each of the races in which he participated.

Israel Start Up Nation, which signed Froome on a lucrative multi-year contract last year after Ineos Grenadiers decided not to renew his contract, had hoped Froome would recover in time to lead the team in this year’s race.

They have yet to announce which seven riders will support Woods, but it is believed that Froome could compete as a domestic to try and improve ahead of this year’s Vuelta a Espana – a race he has won twice before. .

Woods said, “I am honored to have this position, especially given the quality of the team. “

Last year’s race was won by Slovenian Tadej Pogacar for UAE-Team Emirates, who dramatically beat his compatriot Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma in the time trial of the penultimate stage.

British team Ineos Grenadiers are expected to field 2018 Tour winner Geraint Thomas in their squad, alongside last year’s Giro d’Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart.

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