Froome does not rule out running Vuelta or Giro in addition to the Tour

Kjell Carlström, Israel manager, leaves the door open to both options at Cyclingnews. The pandemic and the routes of the Spanish and Italian rounds will influence its final calendar.


Chris Froome could double his ration of greats this season and race the Giro d'Italia or the Vuelta a España in addition to the Tour de France. Kjell Carlström, director of his new team, the Israel Start-Up Nation, leaves the door open at CyclingNews to his participation in one of those races.

Carlström assures that the factors that will influence the final British calendar will be "COVID, which will affect preparation and races", the Vuelta and Giro routes, not yet revealed, and "how everything fits in the face of the great objective, what is the Tour ".

"We have many riders who have been at the top in the big other years and who could give good performances. There is Chris, Dan Martin, Mike Woods or even Carl Frederik Hagen, who made a top-10 in the Vuelta", remarks the Finn. Martin is another of those who could be dropped by Spain between August and September. The Irishman was fourth last year and Carlström thinks "it would be great to see if he can be fighting for the podium again."

"Dan could run two great two great laps and that could also be the case with any of the aforementioned," he drops. In the case of Froome, who already has two red jerseys (2011 and 2017) and a pink jersey (2018) in his record, the activity will begin on the next UAE Tour (starts on February 21) and everything will be seen depending on also about how he evolved from the injury and the surgeries that have had him in the dry dock for so long lately.

"We have a fairly definite idea of how we want to structure his preparation. We are constantly monitoring him to see how his recovery is going. I don't think it will take us long to announce what exactly he is going to do, but for now there is nothing 100% certain" , says Carlström.

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