Froome placed a distant 47th overall at last week’s Critérium du Dauphiné, in which he admitted he was not going to win this year’s Tour.“I do not go from this level to victory in the Tour de France in a few weeks,” said Froome, who has not won a race since before his serious fall at the Dauphiné 2019.
Talk to The last hour, Verbrugghe said Michael Woods would lead Israel Start-Up Nation’s overall standings challenge on the Tour, while Dan Martin would have the freedom to pursue stage wins. The Belgian said the Tour could help Froome move towards Vuelta a España.
“Chris’s fighting spirit is impressive. We are well aware that he is not at a level which would allow him to fight for the general classification of the Tour de France or even for a stage victory, but this race could be an important springboard for the next Vuelta ” , said Verbrugge.
“We will note the names of the eight riders in our selection on Monday, after the Tour de Suisse and after a meeting of our technical staff.
“Contrary to what I have read or heard, we are not contractually obligated to have Chris on the team for the main event in July, but it could help him take another essential step in his physical evolution. . And also give it a mental boost.
Froome signed a five-year contract with Israel Start-Up Nation ahead of the 2021 season after parting ways with Ineos. The Briton has competed in five stage races so far in 2021, with the 47th place overall in the UAE Tour and the Dauphiné his best result.
“Our selection will be built around Michael Woods, who will go for the general classification, and Dan Martin who will aim for the stages,” said Verbrugghe.
“Behind them, we will lack a little depth in the mountains because we will be without [Alessandro] De Marchi, [Daryl] and Impey [Carl Fredrik] Hagen. Krists Neilands broke his collarbone a short time ago but we still hope he can recover in time for the Grand Départ in Brest.