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Health & Fit You Won’t See Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas in This Year’s Tour de France

21:42  19 august  2020
21:42  19 august  2020 Source:   bicycling.com

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And after years of British domination of the Tour since Sir Bradley Wiggins’ win in 2012, it means this year ’ s race will begin without a major Egan Bernal (centre) celebrates his Tour de France win last year alongside Geraint Thomas (left) and Team Jumbo Visma’s Steven Kruijswijk (Pete Goding/PA).

Egan Bernal (centre) celebrates his Tour de France win last year alongside Geraint Thomas (left) and Team Jumbo Visma’s Steven Kruijswijk (Pete “Egan will once again target the yellow jersey in France and we are very excited to give last year ’ s Giro winner, Richard Carapaz, his debut in this

a man riding a skateboard up the side of a road: Neither of the previous Tour de France winners will be riding in the 2020 race. © MARCO BERTORELLO - Getty Images Neither of the previous Tour de France winners will be riding in the 2020 race.
  • Team INEOS announced the eight-man squad for this year’s Tour de France—and previous Tour winners Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas were left off the roster.
  • The team will be led by 2019 Tour winner Egan Bernal.
  • Froome and Thomas will be focusing on the Vuelta a España and the Giro d’Italia, respectively.

It’s been a strange year for professional cycling with the global pandemic, and things just got a little stranger. Neither Chris Froome, a four-time Tour de France winner, nor Geraint Thomas, the 2018 Tour de France winner, will be racing for Team INEOS at this year’s Tour.

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This year ’ s Tour , delayed to start on August 29, was Froome ’s final opportunity to secure a record-equalling fifth Tour title before he leaves Ineos to join “Egan will once again target the yellow jersey in France and we are very excited to give last year ’ s Giro winner, Richard Carapaz, his debut in this

And after years of British domination of the Tour since Sir Bradley Wiggins’ win in 2012, it means this year ’ s race will begin without a major Egan Bernal (centre) celebrates his Tour de France win last year alongside Geraint Thomas (left) and Team Jumbo Visma’s Steven Kruijswijk (Pete Goding/PA).

Instead, last year’s winner Egan Bernal, 23, will lead Team INEOS at the Tour as it gets underway on August 29.

This decision likely has to do with Froome’s and Thomas’s performances as the racing season has started back up again. Specifically, the recent Critérium du Dauphiné is considered a telling precursor to (and fitness indicator for) the Tour; Thomas placed 37th overall, while Froome placed 71st.

Bernal dropped out after Stage 3 of the Critérium du Dauphiné due to back pain but gave a strong showing regardless. He also placed second earlier this month at the Tour de l’Ain.

“Chris is a legend of our sport, a true champion who has demonstrated incredible grit and determination to come back from his crash last year. We want to support him to compete for another Grand Tour title and the Vuelta gives him that little bit more time to continue his progress to the top level,” team owner Sir Dave Brailsford said in the announcement.

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Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas have been omitted from the Ineos Grenadiers squad for the 2020 "Egan will once again target the yellow jersey in France and we are very excited to give last year ' s Giro winner, Richard Carapaz, his debut in this

" Geraint will target the Giro and take on the opportunity to double up his Tour de France win with another Grand Tour title, with the aim Brailsford added: "Egan will once again target the yellow jersey in France and we are very excited to give last year ' s Giro winner, Richard Carapaz, his debut in this

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In July, Froome announced that he will be leaving Team INEOS at the end of the year, when his contract runs out, and signing with Team Israel Start-Up Nation for next year. In that announcement, Froome said he was focused on winning this year’s Tour de France with Team INEOS. Instead, Froome will lead the team at the Vuelta a España, which starts October 20.

Similarly, Thomas will lead Team INEOS at the Giro d’Italia, which starts October 3.

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

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Thomas arrived at this year ' s Tour as the defending champion but had to settle for second place behind Bernal. "To finish second behind a His own preparations for the Tour were disrupted by a race-ending crash at June' s Tour de Suisse and he had three more minor spills during the three-week

The Tour de France leadership dilemma at Team Sky was apparently resolved at Saint-Lary-Soulan as Chris Froome lost more time to his Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images. At the top of the highest climb in this year ’ s Tour de France Chris Froome ’s wobble made Geraint Thomas ’s day.

Team INEOS is undergoing another name change too, and will appear at the Tour as the INEOS Grenadiers, named after a new off-road utility vehicle by INEOS Automotive.

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