Britain’s Chris Froome will ride his inaugural  race with Team Israel Start-up Nation, competing in upcoming the United Arab Emirates tour.

It is the second time the Israeli team has competed in UAE and comes after the historic peace agreement between the two countries.

Israeli champion, Omer Goldstein, who will be riding alongside Froome, said, “It’s great to return, this time as the Israeli champion. I hope that this time we will have Israelis visiting the UAE as peace tourists, coming to support us in person for the first time!”

ISN’s co-owner Sylvan Adams: “It is great to be returning to the Emirates, with whom Israel signed a peace accord in September. I had the privilege of being present at the White House in Washington for the signing of the historic Abraham Accords between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain. We received a warm welcome from our neighbors last year, and I’m looking forward to renewing our friendships under this new umbrella of peace.”
Froome who is currently training in California, was supposed to start the Vuelta a San Juan this January. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the race was cancelled. Instead the UAE tour, which begins on 21 February, will be the first race in the 2021 WorldTour.

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