Israel Start-Up Nation announce team around Chris Froome for Catalunya

Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation)
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Israel Start-Up Nation team has announced their line-up for the Volta a Catalunya with four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome joined by Michael Woods, Dan Martin, and Daryl Impey.

The race will be the first time all four riders have raced together, with the quartet expected to form the core of the squad’s Tour de France roster later this year. The WorldTour race takes place between March 22-28. Martin won the overall in 2013 and the mountainous course is well suited to him once again.

Froome made his debut for the team at the UAE Tour earlier this year and while he didn’t demonstrate his best form he is hoping to use Catalunya as a springboard for the rest of the year. The 35-year-old has taken part in the race seven times with two top-ten results to his name.

“I will be using the race as an opportunity to push the legs further towards race fitness. I love racing on Spanish roads and I am looking forward to testing myself in the mountains to see how I’ve progressed,” he said in a press release issued by his team.

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