Chris Froome to leave Team Ine...


Chris Froome to leave Team Ineos for Israel Start-Up Nation

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

11:42 9 Jul 2020

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Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is leaving Team Ineos at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old will join the Israel Start-Up Nation team, bringing an end to a 10-year association with Dave Brailsford’s team.

Froome will compete for Ineos (formerly Team Sky) at this year's Tour before he joins Israel Start-Up Nation, who will focus on him as sole team leader.

Froome was no longer the main man for Ineos and had to compete on the Tour against 2018 winner Geraint Thomas and last year's winner Egan Bernal.

Froome said: "It has been a phenomenal decade with the Team, we have achieved so much together and I will always treasure the memories.

"I look forward to exciting new challenges as I move into the next phase of my career but in the meantime my focus is on winning a fifth Tour de France with Team INEOS."

Dave Brailsford added: "Chris’s current contract comes to an end in December and we have taken the decision now not to renew it.

"We are making this announcement earlier than would usually be the case to put an end to recent speculation and allow the Team to focus on the season ahead.

"Chris has been with us from the start. He is a great champion and we have shared many memorable moments over the years but I do believe this is the right decision for the Team and for Chris.

"Given his achievements in the sport, Chris is understandably keen to have sole team leadership in the next chapter of his career – which is not something we are able to guarantee him at this point. A move away from Team INEOS can give him that certainty

"Like everyone across the sport we are all looking forward to the start of racing next month."

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