On Monday, it was announced that Woods will lead Israel Start-Up Nation’s overall ambitions and aim for the Tour de France yellow jersey after a strong Tour de Suisse race. Froome’s presence on the Tour was confirmed soon after, but with the role of road captain after conceding that he was not up to standard to compete for the overall victory and a possible fifth Tour success.“I have worked tirelessly to get to where I am, and although my ambitions this year are not those of a leader, I hope to bring my experience and support to the team as best I can as a road captain. claiming to Michael Woods, and I look forward to giving my all for him and the team in the battle against Paris, ”said Froome.
Israel Start-up Nation said it will focus on both the overall standings and stage wins throughout the race.
Reto Hollenstein and Rick Zabel will also be part of the eight-rider roster, who will be a valuable lead man and an alternative to Greipel for sprints.
Greipel is now 38 years old but recently won a race at Challenge Mallorca and a stage at Ruta del Sol.
Dan Martin won a stage of the Giro d’Italia and finished 10th overall. He should aim for stage wins, while Woods tests his overall aspirations.
The team faced tough selection decisions after Daryl Impey struggled to recover from an accident on the Ruta del Sol at the end of May and Alessandro De Marchi crashed out of the Giro d ‘ Italia with serious injuries.
“Mike will be our main rider for the general classification as Dan has done the Giro before. But of course, if Dan can add to that tally in the Tour, it will be perfect for us, ”explained senior sporting director Rik Verbrugghe.
“In fact, we will approach the Tour the same way we did the Giro, except that we now have two riders to protect. Looking at the team we are bringing, I am convinced that we will put our mark on the race.
“It’s never easy to make the final selection for the Tour de France. Each runner has their own skills to offer and we all have to bring them together, work as a team. It’s not just about selecting a runner. We need to select a whole group that works well together towards a common goal throughout the three weeks. “
Woods finished fifth overall in the Tour de Suisse and fifth overall in the Tour de Romandie.
“I have already had the opportunity to lead a team in a Grand Tour, but never in the Tour de France. I’m honored to have this role, especially given the quality of the team we have, ”said Woods.
“I love running in GC. It’s really a challenge and doing it on the Tour is even more difficult, more intense and a lot more stressful. But the way I ride these days, I’m up to the challenge. And with the team we have, we will be a force to be reckoned with. “
Start-Up Nation of Israel for the Tour de France:
- Michael Woods
- Dan Martin
- Chris Froome
- Omer Goldstein
- André ‘Greipel
- Reto Hollenstein
- Guillaume Boivin
- Rick Zabel