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Team Ineos confirm strong team for Tour de l'Ain

Joe Robinson
6 Aug 2020

Froome, Bernal and Thomas will trial trio leadership at small French stage race later this week

Chris Froome, Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas will line up alongside one another for the first time since the 2018 Tour de France at the Tour de l'Ain later this week.

The Tour-winning trio will trial their triple leadership at the usually-low key three-day stage race starting on Friday 7th August as part of an incredibly strong Ineos side.

The Tour de l'Ain will give Team Ineos management the opportunity to see the three riders in action alongside one another before sending the trio to the Tour later this month.

Alongside the three riders will be experienced super-domestiques Andrey Amador and Jonathan Castroviejo. Highly rated UK rider Tao Geoghegan Hart completes the line-up.

It will act as an interesting dress rehearsal considering the strength of the peloton heading to the race. Among others, Jumbo-Visma trio Tom Dumoulin, Steven Kruijswijk and Primoz Roglic, Arkea-Samsic's Nairo Quintana and Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema will be on the start line.

After racing the Tour de l'Ain, Froome, Thomas and Bernal will then also share leadership duties at the Criterium du Dauphine that starts on 12th August, the last chance for the three riders to impress before the Tour starts on 29th August.

Rumours in Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport have suggested that Froome's place in the Tour team could be in the balance. 

Due to a lack of form and worries that he is yet to fully recover from his horror crash at last June's Dauphine, it is believed Team Ineos are considering swapping out Froome with either Amador or Geoghegan Hart.

The same rumours suggested that Dylan Van Baarle, Pavel Sivakov, Luke Rowe, Michal Kwiatkowski and Jonathan Castroviejo have already secured their spots in the Tour team.

Froome is also set to leave Team Ineos at the end of the season after his decade with the team, heading to Israel Start-Up Nation on a lucrative three-year deal.