Chris Froome changes teams next year after ten years. The 35-year-old British rider will exchange Team INEOS for Israel Start-Up Nation at the end of this season.
Team INEOS will not renew Froome's expiring contract, leaving him free to sign elsewhere. It was previously rumored that he was planning a summer departure from Team INEOS because he would not want to share the lead in the Tour, but that is not the case.
"We will announce this earlier than usual," said team boss Sir Dave Brailsford on the Team INEOS website on Thursday. "We are doing that to put an end to recent speculation. This way the team can fully focus on the season to come."
Froome is very successful with Team INEOS, which was previously called Team Sky, Sky Procycling and Sky Professional Cycling. He came from the small Team Barloworld in 2010 and has since developed into one of the greatest riders of all time.
The born Kenyan won a total of seven big rounds. He won the Tour de France four times (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), twice in the Vuelta a España (2011 and 2017) and once in the Giro d'Italia (2018). He also won two bronze Olympic medals and three bronze World Cup medals.
Chris Froome celebrates the 2017 Tour de France overall victory (Photo: Pro Shots)
Froome hunts for fifth Tour victory
At the end of his career, Froome's main goal is to win the Tour for the fifth time. He would thus equal the legendary record holders Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.
The top climber was in the patchwork last year. He was seriously injured last year - he had to undergo multiple operations - during the exploration of a time trial in the Critérium du Dauphiné and has not been able to participate in many competitions since the corona crisis.
At Team INEOS, Froome has competition from Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas. The Colombian won the Tour last year and the Brit the year before. Team INEOS will have the trio participate in the Tour next month, but has not yet announced anything about the hierarchy within the team.
"It has been a phenomenal decade," said Froome. "We have achieved so much together and I will always appreciate my memories. I look forward to new challenges as I enter a new phase of my career. But meanwhile my focus is on winning my fifth Tour with Team INEOS."