Chris Froome is set to return to action next month in his first appearance since a horror crash at the Criterium du Dauphine in June.

The four-time Tour de France winner has been named among the starters for the Saitama Criterium in Japan on October 27, alongside Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal, winner of this year’s Tour.

The event is effectively an end-of-season exhibition race – staged by Tour organisers ASO – but although it marks a return to competition in only the loosest terms for Froome, it is still a highly-significant step given the extent of the injuries he suffered only three months ago.

My Road to RecoverySpecial thanks to the phenomenal support from @TeamINEOS, the EMS team, surgeons, doctors, nurses and physios for getting me this far. Goal set, the start line of #TDF2020 awaits… https://t.co/QGqTPw8Bu7

— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) August 3, 2019

The 34-year-old sustained a fractured femur, fractured elbow and fractured ribs after hitting a wall at high speed during a recon ride of the time trial course at the Criterium du Dauphine, a race he was using to prepare for the Tour de France.