Chris Froome already knows the roadmap for his first season in the Israel-Start Up Nation. The Briton, after deciding that he will not be part of the concentration that his team will carry out in Girona to continue with his physical preparation and rehabilitation in California, has set a calendar for a 2021 course with a goal as clear as it is challenging: to compete again with guarantees in the Tour de France.
This was revealed by Rik Verbrugghe,
Israel’s sports director, in an interview with the Belgian media Het Nieuwsblad: “At the end of February, he will be in the Volta ao Algarve. Then he will continue with Volta a Catalunya until heading to the Tour through the Criterium du Dauphine. Those are the general lines that are now established. If the plans were fulfilled Froomey would return to a Grande Boucle in which he was absent in the last two editions in 2019 due to his accident suffered in the Dauphine test to which he will return this year and in 2020 by team decision due to his evident lack of competitiveness in previous races such as the UAE Tour.
But will he be able to regain his best level That is the great doubt that has haunted the British in recent times who at 35 years of age is still determined to pursue the dream of his fifth Tour despite finishing in 98th position the last Tour of Spain, his last appointment wearing the colors of the team Ineos? To the question raised Verbrugghe says that Froome’s biggest problem is not his physical condition but the tough competition he currently has to face in the peloton since March Chris has become much stronger and can develop again. as much force in the right leg as in the left.
Now there are many young people who are knocking on the door with great force. The difficult thing will be to defeat young wolves such as Tadej Pogacar Egan Bernal and soon Remco Evenepoel. The first contact for Froome will be at the Vuelta a San Juan January 24-31 where we will begin to reveal.