The Canadian is the first name confirmed for the Israeli outfit's eight-man squad and will compete for stage victories and a good placing in the general classification.
“He has shown natural leadership for us. His successes in the Classics, the Tour de Romandie and Tour de Suisse have given him the confidence that he can play a part in the greatest cycling race of all," sports director Rik Verbrugghe said.
“I expect him to fight for stage wins and compete for the [overall] standings, just like he did in Switzerland. The main focus of the team is on protecting Woods and supporting him where needed.”
This is confirmation, at least, that Froome will not be the out-and-out protected rider if he does make it into the Tour squad, the four-time champion having made the switch to Israel Start-Up Nation for 2021 as he looked to return to the French Grand Tour for the first time since 2018.
“I'm very happy with my selection,” Woods said. “I've been the leader in a Grand Tour before, but never in the Tour de France. We want to do well in the standings, but for me, the stage wins are really the most important. The team we have here has to be taken seriously.”
After struggling this season, as he tries continues to try and regain his previous form following the horrifying Critérium du Dauphiné crash in 2019, Froome has admitted he doesn't go from his current form to winning the Tour in this short space of time.
“I don’t go from this level to winning the Tour de France in a few weeks," Froome said. “I know where I’ve come from. A year ago I was on a bike, racing, before I could even walk properly. To be here in the Dauphiné walking properly, having no issues, being in the race is great progress already. I’m looking at those measurements. I know other people don’t see those measurements because they don’t see what happens behind the scenes.”
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.
Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).
I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.
Will another cyclist ever follow Lance Armstrong onto a Wheaties box?
USA Cycling is optimistic about the ‘strongest US men’s presence in Europe’ in nearly two decades with contenders for future Tour de France race.
By Anne-Marije Rook • Published
What actually goes on inside a cyclist's body during sprinting, sustained and endurance efforts?
Your body generates cycling energy through multiple different systems. But what are they, how do they interact, and how can you turbo-charge all of them?
By Nick Busca • Published
Alex Dowsett to retire from professional cycling
33-year-old Israel-Premier Tech rider says his future is still going to be on two wheels, just not in WorldTour
By Adam Becket • Published
Jonas Vingegaard and Mark Cavendish set to race at Tour de France Singapore Criterium
2022 Tour winner along with Cavendish join field of 32 top cyclists for October 30 event in Singapore
By Tom Thewlis • Published
'The Tour and festivities demanded a lot from him': Jonas Vingeg