Ineos leaves Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome out of the Tour de France squad

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Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas and his former teammate Chris Froome have been excluded from the 2020 Tour de France squad by Team Ineos.

The duo won five rounds between them, with Thomas taking the yellow jersey in 2018.

Team Ineos, formerly known as Team Sky, announced the squad that includes 2019 Tour winner Colombian Egan Bernal on Wednesday morning.

Cardiff-born cyclist Luke Rowe has been kept in training, having raced as Thomas’ road captain in the 2019 Tour.

Rowe was kicked out of the race ahead of three decisive mountain stages after facing Tony Martin from Jumbo-Visma on stage 17 from Pont du Gard to Gap.

Rowe shared the news of his inclusion on Twitter, saying, “Another Tour de France, let’s go. “

In 2018 Thomas became the first Welshman to win the 2,082 mile race, which crosses the Pyrenees and the Alps over a period of three weeks.

During the procession, the Cardiff-born cyclist was seen sharing a drink with teammate Chris Froome.

He returned to defend his title in the 2019 Tour de France, but missed young teammate Bernal, whom Thomas was praised for his support.

Thomas, Froome and manager David Brailsford shared a glass of champagne during the procession stage of the 2018 race. Credit: PA Images

Instead, Thomas will try to win his second Grant Tour in Italy, which will take place in October.

Thomas said: “It feels like it’s back to some kind of normalcy with the team and the race and everything.

“It’s good to finally have a firm plan in place and know exactly what I’m doing, and try to get some kind of positive out of this year.

The 34-year-old competed in the 2017 Giro d’Italia but dropped out of the race after failing to recover from his injuries.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to come back to. I enjoy racing there, I’ve always loved Italy – the roads, the fans and the food, of course, ”he said.

“It’s just a race that I’ve always enjoyed anyway, a country that I love to run. I can’t wait to go back. “

Froome leaves Ineos at the end of the season and will lead the team at La Vuelta a Espana in October.

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