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Chris Froome confirms his return to racing

Joe Robinson
22 Jan 2020

The 34-year-old will end his seven-month absence at the UAE Tour

Chris Froome will make his long-awaited return from injury at the UAE Tour next month. The four-time Tour de France champion confirmed his seven-month absence will come to an end on 23rd February when he leads Team Ineos in the Middle East. 

Froome made the announcement on Twitter stating: 'Training's been going really well over here in Gran Canaria so I'm happy to announce I will be starting my season at the UAE Tour in Dubai.

'It's a race I missed last year so I'm excited to start my season there this time around.'

After seven months on the sidelines, the 34-year-old will make his racing return after severe injuries sustained at the Criterium du Dauphine last June.

A high-speed crash while reconning the Stage 4 time trial saw Froome suffer from multiple breaks to his femur, elbow, neck and hip.

After a long period of recovery and rehabilitation, Froome will now rejoin the peloton as he faces a battle to be fit in time for the Tour this July.

The Ineos rider is still hopeful of competing for a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey this summer, despite his setbacks, recently stating his main focus for the season was racing the Tour for victory.

He will, however, face multiple barriers along the way, not least through his injuries, but also competing with his teammates.

So far, both defending champion Egan Bernal and 2018 champion Geraint Thomas have staked their intentions to win the Tour this July.