Tour de France favourite Primoz Roglic says he is ready for the gruelling three-week race, removing any doubts about his participation in cycling's biggest event of the year following a heavy fall in his previous race.
"I feel fine. I'm here at the Tour start now, so that's good news," the 30-year-old Jumbo-Visma rider told a news conference two days before the start of the race.
"I'm ready just like the other guys here. I'm going to do my best and we will see how it goes."
The Vuelta champion was "in a lot of pain" after crashing at the Criterium du Dauphine earlier this month and said last week he had not yet fully recovered, triggering speculation about his participation in the Tour.
"Everything looks good. He trained well at altitude and he is now here," said Jumbo-Visma coach Grischa Niermann.
"We fully assume that we will ride the Tour with him."
Before his crash, Roglic had been in ominous form and his team appeared the most formidable of the peloton, with former Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin in support.
Roglic, who won the Tour de l'Ain in stunning fashion when racing resumed following a four-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 crisis, was leading the Criterium du Dauphine until he crashed in the penultimate stage.
His lack of recent training could play against him with a treacherous mountain stage as early as the second stage on Sunday.
Meanwhile Chris Froome said it would be "sentimental" to finish his Team Ineos career at the Vuelta a Espana after missing out on selection for the Tour de France.
Froome, a four-time Tour winner, was left out of the squad alongside fellow former champion Geraint Thomas when it was named last week, instead offered the carrot of leading the team - now rebranded as the Ineos Grenadiers - at the Vuelta before he leaves for Israel Start-Up Nation.
That will have been a major disappointment given Froome has made the Tour - and the chance of a record-equalling fifth victory - his sole target ever since suffering career-threatening injuries at the Criterium du Dauphine in June 2019.
But in an official team video from their relaunch in Nice, Froome said he could look forward to October 20 and the start of the Vuelta - a race he won in both 2011 and 2017.
"It is a strange feeling but it is quite sentimental for me as well," Froome said.
"The Vuelta a Espana was the race where I first really discovered myself as a Grand Tour contender nine years ago with the team, so to be doing that now, as my last race with Team Ineos, has a quite special feeling to it.
"It's a race I've always enjoyed doing and it will be great to get stuck into a Grand Tour this year in that sense."