The outfit of Israel Start-Up Nation and the signing of Froome as team leader are an original idea of Sylvan Adams.
“We are committed to building a Grand Tour support team around Chris, so that we can make history together, as we compete to be the best, and achieve our main goal: winning the Tour de France”, a said Adams.
The Grand Tour cycling races are the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. Froome has won them all during his career.
Adams helped create the first professional cycling team in Israel in 2015, called the Israel Cycling Academy, which included riders from Israel and abroad.
The team made their first big mark on the international stage three years later, when Adams brought the first stages of the 2018 Giro d’Italia to Jerusalem. It was the first time that a stage of the race had been held outside of Europe.
This year, the team has obtained a WorldTour license, guaranteeing that the riders will participate in the biggest races in the sport, including the Tour de France.
“Best driver of his generation”
“Chris is the best rider of his generation and will lead our Tour de France and Grand Tour team,” said Adams.
“We hope to make history together as Chris pursues new victories on the Tour de France and the Grand Tour, achievements that would seriously justify Chris being considered the best cyclist of all time.”
The long-term signing means that the 35-year-old British cyclist will likely end his successful career with the successful team.
“I am truly thrilled to join the ISN family. I look forward to challenging and being challenged by their talent and continuing to strive for the success I have had so far,” said Froome.
Froome will compete this season with Team Ineos, formerly Team Sky, with which he won his four Tour de France titles, as well as victories in Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia.
Froome, 35, suffered “multiple serious injuries,” including a broken leg, during a terrible accident while training in France in June 2019.
This year’s Tour de France, which was originally scheduled to start on June 27, has been postponed by the organizer, Amaury Sport Organization, to August 29 due to the pandemic.
Froome is one victory away from the record for the number of Tour victories held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.