Israel Start-Up Nation have confirmed that Michael Woods will lead the team’s general classification challenge at the Tour de France , which gets underway in Brest on June 26.
The announcement comes after Woods placed 5th overall at the Tour de Suisse and after four-time Tour winner Chris Froome recently conceded that he did not have the form to challenge for the yellow jersey this year.
Israel Start-Up Nation have yet to announce the remainder of their Tour team, though both Froome and Giro d’Italia stage winner Dan Martin are expected to feature.
Last week, directeur sportif Rik Verbrugghe confirmed to La Dernière Heure that Froome’s contract did not guarantee him selection, but he suggested the Briton was likely to ride the Tour in preparation for the Vuelta a España.
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"I am really excited to represent Israel Start-Up Nation in the Tour de France, especially in a team leader role. I had an opportunity to lead a team in a Grand Tour, but never at the Tour de France. I am honoured to be given this position, especially considering the quality of the team we have," Woods said in a statement on Monday.
"My main goals and priorities are clear: stage wins first and try to go high on the general classification. We want to do well on the GC, no doubt, […]