Chris Froome signing 'extremely exciting and huge for the team' says Freddy Ovett

The Israel Cycling Academy rider shared his own personal experience of Froome after winning stage four of the virtual Tour de France

Freddy Ovett (Freddy Ovett/Instagram)

While both Israel Start-Up Nation and Chris Froome hope they will take a yellow jersey at a future Tour de France having announced their impending coming together earlier this week, it was their Continental rider Freddy Ovett who will go down as having taken the team's first-ever Tour victory, albeit on virtual roads.

The 26-year-old Australian, who is also the son of British Olympian Steve Ovett, has already come close in the virtual Tour, finishing runner-up on stage two last weekend. This time around he went one better, leading a reduced bunch over the line on stage four, beating Michael Valgren (NTT) and compatriot Nick Schultz (Mitchelton-Scott) to stage honours.

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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.