There is no guarantee that Chris Froome will participate in the Tour de France 2022.
This is according to the sporting director of Israel Start-Up Nation, Rik Verbrugghe. Talk to Weekly Cycling, the Belgian manager said that Froome will have to earn his place in the squad’s Tour squad.
“He is not expected to do the Tour unless he completes all the necessary stages,” Verbruggen told the British magazine. “If that happens we will have a Chris who will be competitive at the start of the Tour, but that is not a guarantee. “
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Froome, 36, is coming off an irregular season after moving to Israel Start-Up Nation in 2021. Although he competed in the Tour, Froome was never a factor in any major race last season.
Froome confirmed to VeloNews during a team camp where he suffered from an outbreak of schistosomiasis, which the team said hampered his progress during the 2021 season. The four-time Tour winner continues to express his optimism about to its ability to return to a competitive level after its devastating crash in 2019.
Talk to VeloNews During a team camp earlier this month, Verbrugghe said the team were working to set Froome’s racing schedule for 2022 and remained elusive on whether or not that included the Tour de France.
Verbrugghe’s comments to Weekly Cycling, however, suggest the team won’t automatically bring Froome to the Tour if he’s not in top form.
“The point is, we need and want to see Chris’ results next year,” he told the magazine. “It could be in a short race, but hopefully it will be in a bigger race; even better, the greatest race of all. But even a short race would be a start, a step in the right direction.
“If it goes well, it will be a normal schedule before the Tour, but if it doesn’t go like that, we haven’t seen the results we want to see, then he will go to a different race program. , much lighter, ”said Verbrugghe Weekly Cycling. “It depends on his training, comparing his numbers, and sometimes you can overestimate what he will do based on his numbers. Depending on his evolution, he can become better, more ambitious in the races.
Talk to VeloNews Earlier this month, Verbrugghe confirmed that the team’s plans include more support and development among young riders despite having veterans like Froome and Jakob Fuglsang on their roster. Verbrugghe also said the team hopes to be in the top 5 of the WorldTour team rankings for 2022.