27 October 2020

Irish rider Martin ‘really excited’ to welcome four-time Tour de France winner Froome to Israel Start-Up Nation

Irish cyclist Dan Martin ‘cannot wait’ to team up with four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome at the Israel Start-Up Nation team next season.

Froome, 35, will depart Team Ineos Grenadiers at the end of the 2020 campaign, bringing to an end a decade with the British-based outfit.

Froome is the most successful Grand Tour rider of the last ten years (PA Images)

And Martin, who currently sits third in the Vuelta Espana after the first week of racing, is thrilled to be linking up with the seven-time Grand Tour winner.

Speaking at a press conference on the first rest day of the Vuelta Espana on Monday, he said: "I can't wait to actually race on the same team with (Chris Froome). He's a real presence and will inspire everybody.

"The team is going to step up another level next year. It's been on such a steep learning curve so far, from a small Continental team to now a WorldTour team.

"Now, with signing the best rider of this generation, I feel like it's really exciting to be a part of that."

Froome will be aiming for his fifth Tour victory in 2021 as he continues his rode back to form following the high-speed crash he suffered during a warm-up ride at the Criterium du Dauphine in June 2019.

Meanwhile, Martin has a number of huge wins himself including two Tour de France stage wins, two Vuelta Espana stage victories, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Il Lombardia.

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