Chris Froome to Leave Ineos - John Pierce Owner PhotoSport Int / REX / SIPA
The end of an era. Four-time winner of the Tour de France in the jersey of the Sky and then of Ineos, Chris Froome will leave the British team at the end of the season. What was previously only a rumor was confirmed by Ineos via press release, Thursday morning. "Chris' contract expires in December and we decided not to renew it," said team boss Dave Brailsford, while praising the ten memorable years of their collaboration. He wishes to have a leadership role in the next chapter of his career and we cannot offer him. "
Team INEOS confirms we will not be renewing @ chrisfroome's contract - so after 10 great years this season will be Chris's last with the team.- Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) July 9, 2020
Victim of a very violent fall a year ago, Chris Froome has not yet found his best level and doubts still remain about his ability to do it at 35 years. It is even unlikely to be part of the Ineos selection for the next Tour, which should be centered around the outgoing winner, the Colombian Egan Bernal, and that of two years ago, Geraint Thomas. Even if, in the press release, Chris Froome ensures that if he "can't wait" to discover new challenges, he is currently focusing on a "fifth victory at the Tour de France with Ineos".
A persistent rumor would send Froome to Israel Start-Up Nation, an ambitious team which has just joined the World Tour, the first cycling division.
- Christopher Froome