Status: 01/04/2023 2:58 p.m

    Breathe a sigh of relief at the four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome: His Israel-Premier Tech racing team received one of the two wildcards for the Tour of France this year, as the tour organization ASO announced.

    The Israeli team was relegated from the WorldTour at the end of last year, but has now been given the right to start in the world’s most important cycling race alongside the Norwegian team Uno-X.

    Froome, who won the tour in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, can hope for his eleventh participation. Since his serious fall shortly before the 2019 Tour, the now 37-year-old has not been able to get close to his best form. Last year he managed a respectable success with third place in Alpe d’Huez.

    The tour starts this year in Bilbao, Spain. The German team Bora-hansgrohe is automatically qualified.