Chris Froome resumes his season in the Tour of Occitania in early August. The organization of the French stage race announced on Monday that the four-time Tour winner will appear at the start.

For the 35-year-old Froome, the Tour of Occitania will be his first race since the Tour of the United Arab Emirates at the end of February. A few weeks later, the cycling season was halted due to the corona crisis.

In the Emirates, the British made his comeback after he crashed mid-last year when exploring the time trial in the Critérium du Dauphiné. He suffered fractures in his thigh, hip, elbow, rib cage and cervical vertebra.

After the Tour of Occitania, Froome, who exchanges Team INEOS for Israel Start-Up Nation after this season, also rides the Tour of the Ain and the Critérium du Dauphiné. In the French stage races he is preparing for the Tour de France, which starts at the end of August.

It was previously announced that Egan Bernal, Froome's teammate at INEOS, also resumes his season in the Tour of Occitania. The winner of the last Tour de France finally traveled to Europe on a special charter flight on Sunday. Because his country Colombia banned all commercial flights until the end of August due to the corona crisis, he was stuck there.

Froome and Bernal face competition in the Tour of Occitania from French climbers Thibaut Pinot, Romain Bardet and Warren Barguil, among others. The course through the French Pyrenees is on the program from 1 to 4 August.

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