Tour de France Chris Froome

Four-time champion Chris Froome was one of three riders to drop out of the Tour de France after testing positive for Covid on Thursday. Photo: EPA/Christophe Petit-Tesson / POOL

Tour de France: Chris Froome gets nod for Israel-Premier Tech line-up

Four-time winner Chris Froome was named on Wednesday in Israel Premier-Tech’s team for next month’s Tour de France.

Tour de France Chris Froome

Four-time champion Chris Froome was one of three riders to drop out of the Tour de France after testing positive for Covid on Thursday. Photo: EPA/Christophe Petit-Tesson / POOL

Four-time winner Chris Froome was named on Wednesday in Israel Premier-Tech’s team for next month’s Tour de France.

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Froome, now 37, was born in Kenya and educated in Johannesburg.

He claimed the last of his Tour de France successes in 2017, but has struggled for form since suffering career-threatening injuries in June 2019.

The Briton will be joined by fellow veterans in Canadian Michael Woods, 35, and 37-year-old Dane Jakob Fuglsang on the starting line on Fuglsang’s home roads on July 1.

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“It’s awesome to be starting my 10th Tour de France with Israel–Premier Tech,” Froome said in a team statement.

“I’ve worked exceptionally hard this year and I’m looking forward to giving it my all.

“We’ve got a great group of riders in the line-up and we can’t wait for the battle to begin in Copenhagen.”

Veteran South African cyclist Daryl Impey was also named in the Israel-Premier Tech line-up.

Earlier, French outfit Groupama-FDJ announced home hope Thibaut Pinot will race the Tour after skipping last season’s Grand Boucle in favour of the Giro d’Italia.

TOUR DE FRANCE TEAMS:

Israel Premier-Tech

Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Michael Woods (CAN), Chris Froome (GBR), Daryl Impey (RSA), Simon Clarke (AUS), Hugo Houle (CAN), Krists Neilands (LAT), Omer Goldstein (ISR)

Groupama FDJ

Antoine Duchesne (CAN), David Gaudu (FRA), Kevin Geniets (LUX), Stefan Kung (SUI), Olivier Le Gac (FRA), Valentin Madouas (FRA), Thibaut Pinot (FRA), Michael Storer (AUS)