Chris Froome will not appear at the start of the Vuelta a España later this month.

The 36-year-old Briton announced that he will miss the Spanish cycling round because he cannot prepare optimally due to illness.

"I'm starting to feel a little better again, but I don't want to rush into another Grand Tour if I don't feel optimally prepared," Froome told

Cyclingnews on

Wednesday

.

"I'm looking forward to the rest of the season now that the issues that hindered me this year have been resolved."

Froome returned to the Tour de France this year for the first time since 2018, finishing in an anonymous 133rd place in the standings.

He missed the previous two editions of the French cycling tour due to a hard fall during the reconnaissance of a time trial in the Critérium du Dauphiné and the subsequent long rehabilitation process.

After the last Tour, the four-time Tour winner suffered from health problems.

This prevented him from training fully to prepare for the Vuelta, which he won in 2011 and 2017.

Last year he also participated in Spain, but had to be content with 98th place in the final standings.

According to

Cyclingnews

, Froome will ride the Tour of Germany (26-29 August) instead of the Vuelta and will also participate in the Tour of Lombardy (October 9) later this year.

His team Israel Start-Up Nation has yet to announce its program.

The Vuelta starts on August 14 in Burgos and ends on September 5 with an individual time trial to Santiago de Compostela.

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