He is back, we do not know in what condition, but he will be well at the start of Brest on June 26.
Christopher Froome, absent on the Tour de France route since 2018, is part of the entry list for the Grande Boucle of his new Israel Start-Up Nation team.
A message on the team's Whatsapp group, this Tuesday at the beginning of the afternoon, formalized the news "After two years, I am impatient to return", confides the Briton, on the site of his team.
“It has been a difficult journey since my fall at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2019, but that (
Editor's note: coming to the Tour
) has been one of my biggest motivations.
I have worked tirelessly to get to where I am, and while my ambitions are not that of a leader, I hope to bring my experience and support to the team as a road captain.
We have a serious contender in Michael Woods, and I can't wait to give it my all for him and the team, ”added Froome.
So incredibly happy to be back at @LeTour # TDF2021
Thanks to everyone who made it possible @TeamIsraelSUN 🙏
Never stop believing 👊 pic.twitter.com/VcLeKHJGXl
- Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 15, 2021
“Chris will be our captain.
In terms of performance, I believe that we will see him even more in legs on the Tour than in the Dauphiné after our training camp in the Alps
, estimates for his part Rik Verbrugghe, the manager of Israel Start-Up. Nation.
A serious fall in 2019
Despite his record, the winner of the Tour in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 cannot be considered a potential winner of the Tour.
Since his fall in the Dauphiné in 2019, the Briton is only a shadow of himself.
This fall had forced him to give up the Tour a few weeks later and in 2020, his former team, Ineos, had chosen not to take him.
It is for this reason that he left for Israel Start-Up Nation, which made him a golden bridge to recruit him with an annual salary estimated at 5 million euros.
And here it is!
We are happy to announce that @ChrisFroome, will line up for this year's Tour de France in the blue and white colors of ISN.
🎙️ “After two years away from the Tour de France I can't wait to get back."
Full announcement: https://t.co/2oYPvUor4v
🇫🇷 # TDF2021 pic.twitter.com/26NNBsD7HX
- Israel Start-Up Nation / Israel Cycling Academy (@TeamIsraelSUN) June 15, 2021
Nevertheless, his results have been well below expectations since the start of the season. Froome notably finished 96th in the Tour de Romandie and 47th in the Critérium du Dauphiné. The Briton stalls as soon as the road rises. The only reason for hope for him to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain the poker ace of the five-time winners: the four won their fifth Tour when he left Brittany. In 1974, Eddy Merckx had even started to build his fifth coronation with a big start in Brest. On June 26, the 108th Tour de France will start from Brittany and Brest. A good sign ? Not sure it changes much for Chris Froome.