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Tour de France 2017 winner Britain's Christopher Froome (centre) celebrates his overall leader yellow jersey on the podium. Image Credit: AFP file

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

Froome, 37, claimed the last of his Tour 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.

Awesome return

“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.”

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.

Israel Premier-Tech team:

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 team:

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