Chris Froome throws down gauntlet and 'all in' with Tour de France target

Chris Froome shows off his Israel Start-Up Nation 2021 kit
Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) (Image credit: Israel Start-Up Nation)

An upbeat Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) has insisted that neither age nor a slower-than-expected recovery process from his crash will be obstacles when it comes to fighting for a fifth Tour de France this summer with his new squad, and he has also described the win by the second-youngest-ever Tour champion, Tadej Pogačar, as "giving hope to the smaller teams."

Should Froome, 35, capture the Tour de France this summer, he will be the second oldest ever to do so in the race after Belgium's Firmin Lambot won it at 36 way back in 1922.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.