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Chris Froome to leave Team Ineos at end of 2020 season

Joe Robinson
9 Jul 2020

Team Ineos confirm seven-time Grand Tour winner's departure due to leadership guarantees

Chris Froome will leave Team Ineos at the end of the 2020 season, the team confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

A short press release was issued by team manager Dave Brailsford confirming that Froome's 10-year stint with the team would end, as they will not be renewing his contract.

'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,' the statement from Brailsford read.

Brailsford then explained that Froome's departure was motivated by the fact that Froome wants to move forward as the sole leader of the team at Grand Tours, but this was something they were not able to guarantee.

With this in mind, the decision has been made for Froome to look elsewhere for the 2021 season.

'A move away from Team Ineos can give him that certainty. At the same time, it will also give other members of our team the leadership opportunities they too have earned and are rightly seeking,' added Brailsford.

'I am excited about the talent we have right across the team at the current time and all our collective focus is on preparing for the season ahead. Like everyone across the sport we are all looking forward to the start of racing next month.'

Rumours had already circulated that Froome would potentially depart the British team mid-season, possibly to Israel Start-Up Nation, as Team Ineos were unwilling to give him team leadership at the Tour de France over defending champion Egan Bernal and fellow yellow jersey winner Geraint Thomas.

While Froome will see his contract through the end of 2020 season, it is now apparent that friction over leadership has resulted in his departure.

The 35-year-old thanked Team Ineos in the statement and reiterated that he strived to win a record-equalling fifth Tour this summer.

'It has been a phenomenal decade with the team, we have achieved so much together and I will always treasure the memories,' Froome said of his departure.

'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.'