British cyclist Chris Froome , 35, a four-time Tour de France winner, will leave his current team, Team INEOS , later this season and sign for Israel Start-Up Nation , the WorldTour team of which he will be the new leader. .
"Team INEOS confirms today that it will not renew Chris Froome's contract at the end of this season," announced the British team, in which Froome has achieved his greatest achievements in cycling.
Shortly thereafter, the Israel Start-Up Nation, a team with Irish Dan Martin or German sprinter André Greipel in their ranks, welcomed the Briton, who will finish the season at INEOS before being able to wear the blue and white colors of the Israeli squad.
"Chris Froome will sign next August 1 with Israel Start-Up Nation until the end of his illustrious career, " said the Israeli team, which will sign a multi-year contract with Froome.
Froome arrived at INEOS, then called Sky Procycling , in the 2010 season from Barloworld . Since then, he has conquered four Tour de France (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), two Vuelta a España (2011 and 2017) and a Giro d'Italia (2018), just looking at the three great rounds of cycling.
"It has been a phenomenal decade with the team, we have accomplished a lot together and I will always treasure the memories. I look forward to new and exciting challenges as I move into the next phase of my career, but in the meantime my goal is to win a fifth Tour de France with INEOS ", explained the cyclist of Kenyan origin.
In a race in which he has achieved 46 victories , in which he has participated in 7 Classics and in 17 major laps --Tour, Giro and Vuelta--, Froome has been a three-time winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné or twice a winner, in addition , from the Tour de Romandía, with seven stages in the Tour and 5 in the Vuelta a España.
When this strange and short season, which has suffered the ravages of the coronavirus, ends, Chris Froome will go to the Israel Start-Up Nation. Perhaps he will do so with the record he has now, perhaps with one more Tour de France along with other relevant races in which he can participate. At 35 years old, and despite a recent serious injury from which he has already recovered, he remains one of the 'roosters ' of the current squad.
Without Froome, but with Bernal, Thomas and Carapaz
Team INEOS general manager Sir Dave Brailsford explained the team's decision not to renew Froome. "We are making this announcement earlier than usual to end recent speculation and allow the team to focus on the season, " he argued.
"Chris has been with us from the beginning. He is a great champion and we have shared many memorable moments over the years, but I think this is the right decision for the team and for Chris," he said.
Without Froome, they will lose a great leader, but it is something that, having Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas or Richard Carapaz , they could not guarantee. "He has unique team leadership, but it is not something we can guarantee him at the moment in the team. Leaving INEOS can give him that certainty in another team," he said.
"At the same time, it will also give other members of our team the leadership opportunities they have also earned and are rightly looking for. I am excited about the talent we have across the team right now and our entire collective focus is on prepare for next season, "he concluded.
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