Chris Froome Multiple Tour de France winner Chris Froome will ride the one-day CIC Mont Ventoux race next Tuesday, organisers have announced, as the days count down to the Tour de France and final team selections are made.
The Israel-Premier Tech veteran has never ridden the Mont Ventoux mid-week race before, which features a double ascent of the mountain nicknamed ‘The Giant of Provence, and takes place on June 13th.
Froome last raced in another tough mountainous one-day French event, the Mercan’Tour Classic Alpes-Maritimes, finishing 14th behind winner Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost).
In a strong climbing line-up for Israel-Premier Tech, race organisers say Froome will be joined at the 154 kilometre CIC Mont Ventoux, now in its fifth edition, by teammates Mike Woods and Domenico Pozzovivo.
Israel-Premier Tech have still to name their Tour de France squad but Froome faces a fight for selection after racing so little in 2023.
Daryl Impey, Michael Woods, 2022 stage winners Simon Clarke and Hugo Houle, Jakob Fuglsang and sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo are expected to ride the Tour de France squad.
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