Tour de France Chris Froome Geraint Thomas omitted from the Ineos team


Quadruple Tour de France champion Chris Froome and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas were excluded from the Ineos Grenadiers squad for the 2020 edition during a major team reshuffle on Wednesday.Britons Froome and Thomas were both well below par in the Criterium du Dauphine, which serves as a form indicator ahead of the Tour which starts on August 29 from Nice.

Team leader Dave Brailsford has brought in 2019 Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz of Ecuador to help Colombian Egan Bernal retain his title.

“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,” Brailsford said in a statement from the team.

Bernal withdrew from the Dauphine before the penultimate stage due to back pain, but he should be in great shape for the Tour.

Froome, who is back this season after a horror crash last year, will be aiming for a third Vuelta title from October 20 to November 20. 8 while Thomas will ride in the Giro d’Italia from October 3 to 25.

“Geraint will target the Giro and take the opportunity to double his Tour de France victory with another Grand Tour title, with the goal of being the first Welshman to win it,” added Brailsford.

“In turn, Chris Froome will aim for the Vuelta. Chris is a legend of our sport, a true champion who showed incredible courage and determination to come back from his accident last year.

“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. ”

Froome will leave Ineos at the end of the season to join Israel Start-Up Nation.

On the Tour, Bernal and Carapaz will team up with Andrey Amador, Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Luke Rowe, Pavel Sivakov and Dylan van Baarle.


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