Hinault: Ineos created his leadership problem on the Tour de France around Chris Froome


Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault said the Ineos team had no one to blame, but themselves for their leadership problem. To Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, the team has three Tour winners on their list and tough choices to bring in Tour 2020, which begins on August 29.Hinault is of course no stranger to intra-team rivalries, having fought Greg LeMond in a memorable way while the duo were teammates at La Vie Claire in 1985 and 1986.

Le Breton, the last winner of the Tour de France, said that the management of Ineos will have to make the difficult choice of who will lead the team in France.

“This is the problem they created at Ineos,” Hinault told the Dutch newspaper. A D. “They recruited the best riders – Bernal, Thomas and Froome – to win the Tour each year. And they all want to win.

“It’s up to the team management to decide. They haven’t done it in the past. Only in the mountains will we decide who will win. The leadership decision has to be made there. ”

Bernal, who won the race last year, said the road will decide and the tough opening stages – the first arrival at the top arrives at stage 4 – will see the strongest emerge from the start of the race .

At the end of May, The team reported that team boss Dave Brailsford had promised Tour leadership to each man separately, although the team later clarified Cyclingnews that a decision would be made closer to the race.

Hinault said Froome should leave the team if he doesn’t get the support of his teammates during the Tour. The Briton was in talks last month with other teams over a possible mid-season transfer, though there have been no new revelations on that front since.

“Bernal has the advantage. He is very young and very talented, ”said Hinault. “He is the pilot of the future.

“Froome will have to wait for the Tour and then decide what he will do: stay or leave. If he does not win the Tour this year because he did not get the support of his teammates, it is better to go to another team where he is sure that he is the only Tour leader.

“I think Froome still has it with him. Two years ago he was not good enough and Geraint Thomas won, and he was not there last year. I think he can do it in 2020. ”

The Tour de France is scheduled to take place from August 29 to September 20, but the type of race will depend on how well the COVID-19 epidemic is brought under control in the coming months. Hinault said preventing deaths is more important than running bike races, adding that he doesn’t know if it will be possible to run the race.

“We hope that the coronavirus pandemic will be effectively eradicated by then. Ensuring there are no deaths is now much more important than participating in a race, “he said.

“I know ASO is doing everything in its power to keep the Tour going. I don’t know if it will work. I know the future of many teams may depend on the Tour. I hope everyone will behave seriously.

“There has been a lot of political support for the Tour in recent months. Among other things, French Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu did everything she could to make the Tour take place. It’s normal. The Tour is a global event. If mounted, it will be the largest sporting event in the world that can take place this year. ”


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