Chris Froome 'can't wait' for Tour de France return after selection confirmed

The winner of seven Grand Tours will line-up as Israel Start-Up Nation's road captain

Chris froome
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A delighted Chris Froome has spoken of his anticipation of his return to the Tour de France in less than a fortnight.

His team Israel Start-Up Nation announced on Tuesday that the four-time winner of the race will line up for them in their eight-man squad.

It won't be as team leader, for that role falls to Canadian Michael Woods, but instead as road captain where it is hoped his experience will benefit the WorldTour team in just their second edition of the Tour.

His inclusion in the team marks a significant moment in his comeback from the injuries he sustained before a time trial stage at the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné.

In a team press release, Froome said: "After two years [ed - three] away from the Tour de France, I can't wait to get back.

"It has been an arduous journey since my crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2019, but this has been one of my biggest motivations.

"I've been working tirelessly to get where I am, and although my ambitions this year won't be as a leader, I hope to add my experience and support to the team as best I can as road captain.

"We have a strong contender in Michael Woods, and I look forward to giving my all for him and the team in the battle to Paris."

Froome has been unable to contend for results since his return to racing, but he remains confident that he can return to his former levels when he was his generation's standout GC rider.

His participation at the Tour will be his second Grand Tour since his 2019 crash, having ridden the Vuelta a España last autumn in his final race for his former employers Ineos Grenadiers.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.