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Sunday, January 5, 2020

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Chris Froome leaves training camp early as sports director doubts recovery

Cycling Weekly posted this news:

Chris Froome has apparently suffered a setback in his return from injury, having left an Ineos training camp early with one of his sports directors saying he doesn’t know if the four-time Tour de France champion will recover.

Reporting on what has been printed in Italian cycling magazine Bicisport this month, SpazioCiclismo say Froome left his team’s Spanish training camp after two days with the 34-year-old’s recovery being described as “slow”.

Chris Froome

Chris Froome (shown in the 2018 Tour de France) is having real trouble recovering from his Dauphine crash. Sirotti photo

Dario David Cioni, the sports director in question, said: “After two days of training in Spain, Froome, who aspires to the fifth yellow jersey, returns home. He is not well and who knows if he will recover.”

Froome’s recovery was thought to be going well, finding himself back riding on the road just 14 weeks after his horror crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné. He then returned to hospital for a further operation to remove metal work from his hip and elbow after taking part in the Saitama Criterium in Japan.

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Israel Start-Up Nation team confirms 2020 Tour Down Under line-up

The race organiser sent me this update:

Israel Start-Up Nation has overnight confirmed their squad that will take to the start line of the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under.

Andre Greipel, who holds the record for the most stage wins at the Santos Tour Down Under with 18, returns with new team Israel Start-Up Nation in what will be their debut race as a UCI WorldTeam.

ISRAEL START-UP NATION (ISR)

•Andre GREIPEL (GER)
•Guillaume BOIVIN (CAN)
•Alex DOWSETT (GBR)
•Omer GOLDSTEIN (ISR)
•Ben HERMANS (BEL)
•James PICCOLI(CAN)
•Rick ZABEL (GER)

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