The four-time champion has been overlooked by Team Ineos in their eight-man squad for the upcoming Tour de France, which starts on August 29.
According to the team’s boss Dave Brailsford, this is due to Froome’s injuries from a crash last year, indicating that he is still in recovery, “Chris needs that little bit longer to get to the highest level.”
His injuries included a fractured right femur, a broken hip, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs.
Froome, 35, has won seven Grand Tour races, such as the Vuelta a España in 2011 and 2017, and the Giro d’Italia in 2018. He is scheduled to leave Ineos at the end of the current season and will lead them at the Vuelta a España in October.
The 2018 champion Geraint Thomas has also failed to secure a place for the event, however, he will lead the team at the Giro d’Italia.
Ineos – formerly known as Team Sky – have proudly won Tour de France for the past few years since 2014, taking seven of the past eight Tours.
This year’s team will be focusing on last year’s victor Egan Bernal and 2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz.
Team Ineos Tour de France Squad