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Israel Start-Up Nation confirm signing of Chris Froome on long-term deal

Joe Robinson
9 Jul 2020

Froome signs with Israeli team after 10 years at Team Ineos

Israel Start-Up Nation have finalised the signing of Chris Froome on a long-term deal said to be worth €15 million.

Team Ineos confirmed on Thursday morning that seven-time Grand Tour winner Froome would depart at the end of 2020 after 10 years with the British WorldTour team.

The statement from team manager Dave Brailsford said that Froome would depart the team due to them being unable to guarantee the 35-year-old sole leadership duties, notably at the Tour de France later this summer.

Israel Start-Up Nation have since confirmed that they have secured the signing of Froome on a 'long-term deal' that will start from the beginning of the 2021 season, a move that team owner Sylvan Adams believes could bring them a Tour yellow jersey.

'This is a historic moment for ISN, Israel, Israeli sports, our many fans all around the world and, of course, for me personally – a moment of enormous pride,' said Adams.

'Chris is the best rider of his generation and will lead our Tour de France and Grand Tour squad. We hope to make history together as Chris pursues further Tour de France and Grand Tour victories, achievements that would make a serious case for Chris to be considered the greatest cyclist of all time.'

It had been long rumoured that Froome would depart Team Ineos due to uncertainties around team leadership, with the Israeli team touted as his likely destination, alongside Bahrain-McLaren.

It was the Israeli team that snagged the four-time Tour winner's signature although not in a mid-season deal, as some speculated could have been the case.

Adams has already promised to build a suitable team around Froome to help him challenge for a record-equalling fifth Tour. 

Froome will come on board as undisputed team leader and believes this new beginning could help revitalise a career put on hold by long-term injury.

'I’m really excited to be joining the ISN family. I look forward to challenging and being challenged by their talent and continuing to strive for the success that I’ve enjoyed up to now,' said Froome.

'ISN’s impact on the sport is rapidly expanding and I’m energised to be along for the ride. I feel we can achieve great things together.'