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Froome and Thomas will watch the Tour on TV

The Ineos team has retained neither the quadruple winner of the Tour de France (Chris Froome) nor the winner of the 2018 edition (Geraint Thomas) in its selection of the eight riders selected for the Tour de France which starts in two weeks.

The Ineos team has retained neither the quadruple winner of the Tour de France (Chris Froome) nor the winner of the 2018 edition (Geraint Thomas) in its selection of the eight riders selected for the Tour de France which starts in two weeks.

(AFP) – “Geraint (Thomas) will aim for the Giro (…) Chris (Froome) will aim for the Vuelta”, explained the British cycling team Ineos on Wednesday. Only a few days before the start of the Tour de France from Nice, saturday 29 august, here is the “Big loop” deprived of two of its former winners. It is true that the performance of the duo fell far short of Ineos’ standards during the Critérium du Dauphiné, the last major preparation race before the Tour.

A little over a year after his serious fall on the Dauphiné 2019 which had left him crippled with fractures (cervical vertebra, femur, hip, elbow, ribs …), the British Froome has failed to convince his boss, Dave Brailsford, on his return to his best. Even if he put himself at the service of the Colombian Bernal on the Tour de l’Ain then the last Dauphiné, “Froomey” showed limits that he did not know as soon as the road climbed. His 71st place on Sunday forced the decision.

The 2020 edition, decidedly eventful even before having started, will also be done without Geraint Thomas. The Welshman, co-leader of Ineos on the 2019 Tour, which he finished in 2nd place, could not sign better than a 37th place on the Dauphiné. “I would have preferred to be a little better, but my data is good. I just have to lose another kilo and I will be perfect, ”he assured, while acknowledging a rather difficult start to the Dauphiné.

A step for Bob Jungels

Egan Bernal to target yellow jersey again in France ”, planted the boss of the ex-Sky team, Dave Brailsford, who selected the climbers Jonathan Castroviejo, Andrey Amador and Pavel Sivakov to accompany the winner of the Tour 2019. The former Polish world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, Dutch wheeler Dylan Baarle and usual bodyguard Luke Rowe round out the group.

This is part of the peloton with which the Luxembourg rider, Bob Jungels, will have to fight. At 27 years old, and having just signed to join the AG2R-Citroën team, the native of Rollingen does not hide his ambition to win a step on this 107th edition of the most prestigious cycling competition.


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