However, after just three stages, the four-time Tour de France winner has been rendered a footnote as his battle to regain peak fitness remains a work in progress.
It’s been a rude awakening for the Kenya-born 35-year-old who is making his Israel Start-Up Nation debut this week.
Things didn’t get any easier in stage two’s 13km individual time-trial where Froome placed 83rd, 1:36 behind Italian world champion Filippo Ganna.
Froome admitted he still has a long way to go before he’s back to his best.
“I’ve definitely found it hard coming back to racing after winter.
“I spent a lot of time focusing on the off-bike aspect, completing my rehab, but I’ve obviously got a long way to go still in terms of race condition and getting ready for the season,” Froome confessed.