Froome OUT, Thomas OUT, Bernal BOSS

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In the biggest surprise of the day, Team Grenadier/Sky/Ineos announce rookie Egan Bernal as Team Leader for 2020’s delayed Tour de France in September. Seriously though, even despite his recent injury niggle, this wasn’t a surprise.

Perhaps more of a real surprise is that Chris Froome is out of the TdF squad as is Welsman Geraint Thomas. Here’s the TdF team sheet:

  • Andrey Amador
  • Egan Bernal
  • Richard Carapaz (debut)
  • Jonathan Castroviejo
  • Michal Kwiatkowski
  • Luke Rowe (Wales)
  • Pavel Sivakov
  • Dylan van Baarle

Instead, @TeamINEOS are instead aiming to secure 3 Grand Tour successes in 2020 with Froome captaining at the Vuelta and Thomas the leader at the Giro. As always with Ineos/Sky they seem to have a rather good plan.

Looking ahead, the Israel Start-Up Nation team announced that Froome would ride for the squad from 2021 and seek to win a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title. Froome will probably be back to optimal fitness by then but will his years have cranked up by just one-too-many?

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