Former Tour de France winner Chris Froome pulled out of the penultimate stage of the Criterium du Dauphine due to illness, his Israel Premier Tech team said on Saturday. Froome, 37, last won the Tour in 2017 and suffered serious injuries at the 2019 Dauphine.

This year’s Tour begins on July 1 in Copenhagen but the Briton’s entry in the race has yet to been confirmed.

“I was looking forward to the final two stages of the Dauphine but I haven’t been feeling 100 percent,” Briton Froome said in a team statement.

“It’s disappointing to leave the race unfinished but I’ve been progressing well and don’t want to set myself back at this important stage of the season,” he added.

Before Saturday’s mountainous seventh stage, Jumbo Visma’s Belgian Wout van Aert leads the Dauphine, 1:03 ahead of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Italian Mattia Cattaneo in second. Froome was in 76th place, more than 11 minutes behind Van Aert ahead of his withdrawal.

Chris Froome (GBR – Israel – Premier Tech)

RBA/AFP Photo: Sprint Cycling Agency

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