As he announced a few days ago, Chris Froome will be at the start of the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday in Issoire. In preparation for the Tour de France, the Briton will not however be the leader of the Israel Start-Up Nation team for the general classification since this role will be occupied by the Belgian Ben Hermans, recent runner-up in the Tour of Hungary. Alexis Renard, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Alexander Cataford, Reto Hollenstein and Omer Goldstein were also selected by the leaders of the Israeli formation.
“It will be a good opportunity for me to test my legs on a difficult course and see how I have progressed over the past month. The team has been doing really well recently and we hope to continue on this path,” said Chris Froome briefly stated on the Israel Start-Up Nation website, while Rik Verbrugghe, the sports manager, clarified the latter’s ambitions. “We will aim to race aggressively, while trying to win a stage and do well in the general classification with Ben Hermans. He will be our designated leader, but the other riders will also have their chance. We will not be the favorites, but we will take the race day by day. If we can come away with a stage victory and a good classification, that will be perfect. “
Alexander Cataford (CAN), Chris Froome (GBR), Omer Goldstein (ISR), Ben Hermans (BEL), Reto Hollenstein (SUI), Alexis Renard (FRA), Mads Würtz Schmidt (DAN)
ðŸŽ ™ ï¿½’ï¿½ “We take on @dauphine aiming to race aggressively, trying to win a stage, and to do well in the GC.” – Sports Manager, Rik Verbrugghe.ðŸŽ ™ ï¿½’ï¿ ½ “This will be a good opportunity for me to test my legs.” – Chris Froome.ðŸ “° Lineup & Preview: https://t.co/0aCqOVFyQS_____ðŸ‡ lightŸ‡· # Dauphiné pic.twitter.com/nts8ins71R
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