Brailsford said that “selecting the right leader in the right race with the right support team is essential” and that after analyzing “all the latest information to ensure that we are in the best possible position to optimize our performance in months to come ”, and that Thomas would now be sent to the Giro d’Italia and Froome would focus on the Vuelta a Espana.
In response to the announcement, Team Ineos released a video with Thomas and Froome commenting on the team’s decision to exclude them from Tour roster in place of defending Giro champion Richard Carapaz and veteran Andrey Amador.
Thomas, who won the Tour in 2018 and finished runner-up in 2019, said it was “nice” to clarify his season and he was looking forward to targeting the Giro due to his unfinished business with the race.
“It feels like it’s back to some kind of normalcy with the team, the race and everything. It’s good to finally have a firm plan in place and know exactly what I’m doing and yeah, try to get some kind of positive out of this year, ”Thomas said.
“It’s always something I wanted to come back to. I enjoy the race there. I’ve always loved Italy you know, the roads, the fans and the food, of course.
Thomas last raced the Giro in 2017. As Team Sky’s leader for the race, the Welshman was forced to retire on stage 13 after hitting a racing motorbike four days earlier.
As for Froome, he seemed slightly more disappointed with the team’s decision to leave him out of the Tour squad, but admitted that Vuelta was a more ‘realistic’ goal as he continues his long comeback. ‘an accident that almost ended his career.
Rumors had already swirled around Froome’s participation in the Tour as it was announced that the four-time Tour champion would be leaving Team Ineos at the end of the season to join Israel-Start Up Nation.
Froome resumed his season on the Tour de l’Ain earlier this month, struggling to finish 41st overall, before finishing the 71st Dauphine on GC in 1 hour and 25 minutes behind.
Considering where I’m from, over the past year I’ve had an incredible recovery from the big fall I had last year and I’m in a very lucky position to be back already. race, but I am I’m not convinced that I can do the necessary work that would be expected of me at this year’s Tour de France, ”said Froome.
“I think it’s a lot more realistic to target the Vuelta because it gives me a chance to get stuck in something that is deliverable.