Israel Start-Up Nation sporting director Rick Verbrugghe believes that Froome's contract does not have to be a reason for Froome to be chosen for the Tour de France. Last week, Froome finished 47th in the Critérium du Dauphiné and believes he has no chance of winning the Tour de France “I don't go from this level to winning the Tour de France in a few weeks,” said Froome, who hasn’t won a race since before his severe crash at the 2019 Dauphiné, as quoted by cyclingnews Verbbughe is aware of Froome's greatness and believes that Froome will not have a good chance at the Tour de France, but that such a tournament can certainly be an important step for him in the next race in the Vuelta.
On Monday, they will publish a list of players who will be on the Tour de France “Chris’s fighting spirit is impressive." "We are well aware that he is not at a level that would allow him to fight for the general classification of the Tour de France or even for a stage victory, but this race could be an important stepping-stone for the next Vuelta,” said Verbrugghe.
“We will write down the names of the eight riders of our selection on Monday, after the Tour de Suisse and after a meeting of our technical staff.
Although they are not contractually obliged to have Chris on the team during July, they still believe that this will affect his self-confidence.
“Contrary to what I have read or heard, we are not contractually obliged to have Chris in the team for the main event in July, but it could help him to take another essential step in his physical evolution. And also give him a mental boost”.
Michael Woods seems to be the biggest hope, but the big shock for their team is the injury of a few cyclists who could do a lot for their team in the mountains “Our selection will be built around Michael Woods, who will go for GC, and Dan Martin who will aim for stages,” said Verbrugghe.
“Behind them, we’ll lack a bit of depth in the mountains because we’ll be without [Alessandro] De Marchi, [Daryl] Impey and [Carl Fredrik] Hagen. Krists Neilands fractured his collarbone only a short time ago but we still hope he can recover in time for the Grand Départ in Brest”.