Chris Froome has officially announced that he is leaving Team Ineos at the end of 2020 and joining Israel-Start up.
Where this leaves his Tour de France campaign is anyone’s guess but if he makes the start line this is going to be fascinating.
Think Froome vs Wiggins in 2012… I CAN’T WAIT
…and I am sure nor can you.
No soon had my post which mentioned how I felt there was a bit of a bias against Ineos at Cyclingnews gone live that the website launched a story saying Froome wanted out, and maybe even before the 2020 Tour de France, should that happen.
Reading the comments on the article shows that many share the viewpoint I have that there is an agenda of some sort at play here.
The comments point to the fact that the article is full of “Cyclingnews understands” and “we believe and agent said”. Of course there is the old adage that there is no smoke without fire and you don wonder how all of the leaders will fit at Ineos. Who will get the front seat of the team bus for example (!). But I don’t see Froome going at this stage of the season.
Ineos don’t release riders unless they feel their performances will be going down. SO for me if Froome does pitch up at Bahrain before any Tour de France sets off, I wouldn’t be betting my last pound on him doing much.
Hot on the heels of Italian cycle clothing companies announcing that they were going to turn their factories over to making scrubs for the health service, controversial sponsor Ineos is building a hand gel factory in 10 days.
Now there is no doubt that the sponsor and its owner Sir Jim Radcliffe have an interesting and not universally praised back story but these are times that we have to ignore that in these unusual times.
Click here to read the press release. I am sure that there will be more examples of cycling joining the fight back in coming days and weeks.
Like all of the cycling world, we were upset to hear of the passing of Team Ineos DS Nico Portal at the age of 40.
RIP Nico, our thoughts are with your family and friends.