Chris Froome has not been chosen for the Israel-Premier Tech Tour de France squad, with Michael Woods, Dylan Teuns, Simon Clarke and Hugo Houle and Corbin Sturdy most well-liked because the crew targets stage victories on all terrains through the three-week race.
Froome received the Tour de France 4 occasions between 2013 and 2017 however turned 38 in Could. He overcome a tendon drawback in April and attended a pre-Tour altitude camp, satisfied he might nonetheless attempt to combat for a stage victory on the race.
The Israel-Premier Tech crew administration felt in any other case, explaining their choice choice with out mentioning Froome.
“It was a tricky choice to pick our Tour de France crew this yr however we really feel we chosen eight riders greatest suited to fulfilling our efficiency targets,” crew supervisor Kjell Carlström stated.
“The truth that we had a tough choice to make when our lengthy record reveals the power and depth of our rider group, and sadly we couldn’t choose everybody.
We rigorously appeared on the obligatory roles to fill with regards to attempting to find stage wins and selected our eight riders accordingly.” Clarke and Houle received phases in final yr’s Tour and the crew continued to race aggressively on the Giro d’Italia with Derek Gee usually on the assault and ending second on 4 phases.
Israel-Premier Tech hope that Woods, Teuns, Clarke Houle and Sturdy can proceed that strategy. Additionally within the remaining eight are Nick Schultz, Krists Neilands and Guillaume Boivin.
“We convey a powerful crew, able to race aggressively, with the principle purpose of going for stage wins,” directeur sportif Rik Verbrugghe defined.
“Everyone knows that it’s arduous to win a stage within the Tour, however I consider that every of our eight chosen riders has what it takes to be victorious on this race.
“I want to see the crew race with the identical angle and eagerness as we did within the Giro d’Italia this yr. If we are able to proceed like this, racing opportunistically, I consider we may have an awesome race.”
Woods received La Route d’Occitanie final week and hopes to maintain the momentum going on the Tour de France, particularly within the hilly Basque Nation stage within the opening weekend, when the yellow jersey is also up for grabs.
“That is an space I’ve had numerous success in with my two Vuelta a España stage wins each happening there. I actually take pleasure in racing on this space”, Woods stated.
“My massive ambition is to win a stage and impressed by my Ottawa teammate, Derek Gee, I wish to race a extremely aggressive race, making an attempt to be as energetic as attainable. The victory in La Route d’Occitanie gave me numerous confidence. I’m actually motivated and able to race! I’m actually excited for this yr’s Tour de France.”
Israel-Premier Tech for the Tour de France (July 1-23): Guillaume Boivin (Can), Simon Clarke (Aus), Hugo Houle (Can), Krists Neilands (Lat), Nick Schultz (Aus), Corbin Sturdy (Nzl), Dylan Teuns (Bel), Michael Woods (Can).