The race was cut short last year by a Covid-19 outbreak among several teams, making it one of the first international sports events to feel the effects of the pandemic.
Kenya-born and Johannesburg-educated, Froome’s quest to regain his top form has seen him leave Ineos and join Israel Start-Up Nation.
The Israeli team allowed 35-year-old Froome to undergo intense rehabilitation work away from the rest of the squad at a performance centre in Santa Monica, California.
“I’m very excited to start my season here in the UAE where we always receive a very warm welcome and I’m looking forward to racing.
“I’ve had a good winter in California to fix my weaknesses and my rehab is definitely more complete than it was this time last year.
“I’m not here to win the race overall – it’s just about getting back into racing. We have a strong team with Ben Hermans as well. He can be our GC rider,” Froome confessed.
Reigning Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s rising star Joao Almeida and defending UAE Tour champion Adam Yates (Ineos) should be the ones to watch for overall red jersey honours at the seven-stage event from February 21 to 27.