Froome and Thomas left the INEOS team for the Tour de France

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LONDON (AP) – Former Tour de France champions Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have both been excluded from the INEOS team…

LONDON (AP) – Former Tour de France champions Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas were both excluded from the INEOS squad on Wednesday for this year’s race.INEOS has announced its selections for the season affected by the pandemic with its best runners allocated to each of the three major stage races.

Defending Tour champion Egan Bernal will lead the France squad from August 29 to September 29. 20, denying Froome a chance to tie the five-title record. Lance Armstrong’s seven wins were canceled in retrospect due to doping.

Froome will lead the team at the Spanish Vuelta from October 20 to November 20. 8. This will give the British rider, who won the Vuelta in 2011 and 2017, more time to come back after a terrible crash 14 months ago.

Team principal Dave Brailsford said the subsequent start of the Vuelta gives Froome “a little more time to continue his progression at the highest level.

Froome is in his last season with INEOS before joining the team of the Start-Up Nation of Israel.

Thomas, the 2018 Tour champion, will participate in the Giro d’Italia from October 3 to 25.

Richard Carapaz, the 2019 Giro champion, now rides for INEOS and will be Bernal’s main support in France.

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