Chris Froome, Britain's most decorated road cyclist, has joined Israel's Start-Up Nation cycling team. The Israeli team announced that they had signed a multi-year contract with the four-time Tour de France winner on Thursday.
Froome, who is leaving Britain's Team INEOS, will wear Israel Start-Up Nation's (ISN) uniform in the upcoming season of international races, including the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. Froome will likely ride with the team until the end of his career, in which he is one Tour de France win away from equaling the record of five victories.
“I’m really excited to be joining the ISN family," Froome said. "I look forward to challenging and being challenged by their talent and continuing to strive for the success that I’ve enjoyed up to now. ISN’s impact on the sport is rapidly expanding, and I’m energized to be along for the ride. I feel we can achieve great things together.”
Sylvan Adams, the team's co-owner, called Froome's signing an "historic moment for ISN, Israel, Israeli sports, our many fans all around the world and, of course, for me personally – a moment of enormous pride.”
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Adams called Froome the "best rider of his generation," saying " We hope to make history together as Chris pursues further Tour de France and Grand Tour victories, achievements that would make a serious case for Chris to be considered the greatest cyclist of all time.”
Kenya-born Froome suffered an accident last year in training and missed the Tour de France, which was won by Colombian team mate Egan Bernal. He said he was still focused on winning his fifth Tour title with the team in this year’s race which has been re-scheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.