Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have left the Ineos Tour de France team

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Tour de France champions Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have been excluded from the Ineos Grenadiers team for the next Tour 2020.

In a press release issued Wednesday morning European time, Ineos announced that defending champion Egan Bernal will lead Ineos in the 107th edition of the Tour while Froome and Thomas will set their sights on the Vuelta a España and the Giro d’Italia respectively .

“Choosing the right leader in the right race with the right support team is essential and has required us to analyze all the latest information to ensure that we are in the best possible position to optimize our performance in the months to come,” said main team Dave Brailsford.

“Egan will be aiming for the yellow jersey again in France and we are very happy to give last year’s Giro winner Richard Carapaz his Tour debut this year as well. Geraint will aim for the Giro and seize the opportunity to double his Tour de France victory with another Grand Tour title, with the aim of being the first Welshman to win it.

“Chris Froome in turn will target the Vuelta.”

The Ineos team for the next Tour de France will include Egan Bernal, Richard Carapaz, Pavel Sivakov, Andrey Amador, Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Luke Rowe and Dylan van Baarle.

With three former Tour de France winners on the team – Bernal, Thomas and Froome – plus the Giro Carapaz winner, the issue of Ineos’ leadership for the Tour has been the subject of much discussion in recent months. In the recent Criterium du Dauphine – the Tour’s most important warm-up race – Bernal raced as Ineos’ leader, but dropped out of the race due to back pain. Thomas, the 2018 Tour de France champion, did not perform at his best in the five-stage race, finishing in 37th place, nearly 54 minutes late. Froome was further down in 71st place – 1 hour 26 minutes behind overall winner Daniel Martinez – as he continued his comeback from a serious injury suffered at the Dauphine last year.

“Chris is a legend of our sport, a true champion who has shown incredible courage and determination to come back from his accident last year,” said Brailsford. “We want to support him to compete for another Grand Tour title and the Vuelta gives him a little more time to continue his progression to the highest level.

In July, Israel Start-Up Nation revealed that Froome will ride for the team from 2021, under a “long-term contract.” There, he will seek to win a record fifth Tour de France title.

The 2020 Tour de France, postponed from its traditional July time slot due to a coronavirus, is scheduled to take place from August 29 to September 20.



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