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Team Ineos have confirmed their leaders for the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia

Joint leadership at the Tour while Carapaz defends his pink jersey

Joe Robinson
17 Jan 2020

Team Ineos have confirmed who will lead their teams at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. Defending champion Egan Bernal and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas will be handed co-leadership at the Tour, which starts in Nice on 27th June.

Having joined from Movistar over the winter, Richard Carapaz will get the chance to defend his Giro title in May as lone-leader.

As for five-time Tour champion Chris Froome, he continues his long recovery from a career-threatening crash suffered at the Criterium du Dauphine last summer.

In a video on social media, team manager Dave Brailsford provided an update on Froome's condition and the efforts being made to have him return to full fitness.

'Of course, Chris is coming back, you know he’s still really craving that big fifth win and he’s working very very hard at the minute to get back to the level required to be competitive and that’s what we’re working on, that’s where we’re at right now, Brailsford said'

There was no mention as to whether Froome will line up at the Tour this summer but it would be expected he would only do so if he has managed to return to a level that would allow him to fight for General Classification.

If that was not the case, it would make it more likely that the first sight of Froome at a Grand Tour in 2020 would be the Vuelta a Espana in August.

Brailsford also confirmed that individual time trial World Champion Rohan Dennis will race the Giro, targetting the three time trials at this year's race while also helping Carapaz in his Maglia Rosa defence. 

This will come before Dennis then begins preparations for the time trial at the Tokyo Olympics at the end of summer.

As part of the wider Giro team, it is also likely that young riders Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart will start too.

As for joint leadership at the Tour de France, Team Ineos have made this work before with both Bernal and Thomas winning their titles in this fashion. 

Whether one will be favoured over the other will depend on the form they show over the next six months. However, they will need to be on top of their game to beat Jumbo-Visma who also plan to ride with three team leaders - Tom Dumoulin, Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk.