Tour de France 2024: why Chris Froome, quadruple winner of the Grande Boucle, was once again excluded from the race by his team

Tour de France 2024: why Chris Froome, quadruple winner of the Grande Boucle, was once again excluded from the race by his team
Tour de France 2024: why Chris Froome, quadruple winner of the Grande Boucle, was once again excluded from the race by his team

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Like last year, the Englishman will not participate in the biggest cycling race in the world (June 29-July 21).

The Briton Chris Froome, four-time winner of the Tour de France, was, like last year, not selected for the 2024 edition by his Israel Premier Tech team which unveiled its squad of eight riders for the Grande Boucle on Friday.

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The Canadian Michael Woods, winner at the summit of Puy-de-Dôme last year, is also absent from the selection which will be led by Derek Gee, revelation from Dauphiné where he took third place in June, and Stevie Williams, winner of Flèche Wallonne in spring.

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“It’s a childhood dream come true to take part in the biggest race in the world,” said Gee, before the start of the Grande Boucle on Saturday June 29 from Florence, Italy.

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Rather than the general, the Israeli team will first aim for stage victories, explained sporting director Steve Bauer who also retained Pascal Ackermann, Guillaume Boivin, Jakob Fuglsang, Hugo Houle, Krists Neilands and Jake Stewart.

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The absence of Chris Froome, winner of the Tour de France in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, is not really a surprise. The 39-year-old Briton is no longer the champion he once was, notably following a very serious accident in 2019 during the Dauphiné, a race he passed through like a shadow this year.

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