Team Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN) has announced that Chris Froome, a four-time Tour de France winner and one of the biggest names in the sport, has signed a long-term contract to lead the Jewish state’s cycling team.

Team co-owner Sylvan Adams said this is a historic moment “for ISN, Israel, Israeli sports, our many fans all around the world and, of course, for me personally—a moment of enormous pride,” said team co-owner Sylvan Adams.

“Chris is the best rider of his generation, and will lead our Tour de France and Grand Tour squad,” he continued. “We hope to make history together as he pursues further Tour de France and Grand Tour victories—achievements that would make a serious case for Chris to be considered the greatest cyclist of all time.”

As for Froome, he said he looks forward “to challenging and being challenged” by the talent of the Israeli team.

“ISN’s impact on the sport is rapidly expanding,” he said, “and I’m energized to be along for the ride. I feel we can achieve great things together.”

Founded in 2015, Team Israel Start-Up Nation has rapidly grown into one of the world’s leading cycling teams in a short time. With the addition of Froome, the team aims to become a Grand Tour contender, which includes the three major professional cycling races: Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.

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