Ineos Grenadiers rider Froome will be lining up at his first Grand Tour since the 2018 Tour de France, as he continues to regain fitness after horrific injuries suffered mid-way through the 2019 season.
The Vuelta a España, which starts in the Basque Country on Tuesday (October 20), will also be Froome’s last race with Ineos (formerly Team Sky), as he heads to Israel Start-Up Nation next year after a decade and seven Grand Tour wins with his old squad.
Froome said: “We’ve got a great team here to support Richard as much as possible.
“I’m going to take it one day at a time, and hopefully finish the Vuelta on a high note. For me personally, I am going to take these first few days to see where I am in the bunch.”
Froome suffered multiple serious injuries during a crashed at the Critérium du Dauphiné last year, which could have ended his career.
But the 35-year-old has returned to the peloton and hopes to be able to get back to his best in the coming months.
Froome added: “I think it’s quite hard to say where I am at the moment given that I haven’t done many stage races recently.
“Signs in training have gotten better and better, and I am feeling more like myself again, which is fantastic. It’s hard to quantify that when I haven’t been able to race against rivals. After the first few stages, I will be able to have a more clear plan for the rest of the race, and know what kind of job I can fulfil at that point.”
Ineos will be riding in support of the 2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, in the hopes of taking a consolation after failing to win the Tour de France for the first time since 2014.
Ecuadorian Carapaz said: “I’m in good shape, and feeling really motivated to go for it. I think I can be up there in the fight for the Vuelta, we've got a very strong team and we're keen to get into it.”
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