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Thomas and Froome miss out on Tour de France as Team Ineos announce line up

Joe Robinson
19 Aug 2020

British duo will now focus on later Grand Tour as Egan Bernal announced as sole leader

Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have both missed out on Tour de France selection, Team Ineos Grenadier have confirmed. 

Team manager Dave Brailsford announced the British team's eight-man line up for the 2020 Tour de France on Wednesday morning, confirming that defending champion Egan Bernal will lead the team, despite a recent back injury, and that previous champions Froome and Thomas will not be selected.

In the statement, Brailsford said that after analysing 'all the latest information' from recent racing, Thomas will now head to the Giro d'Italia and that Froome's focus will now turn to the Vuelta a Espana.

'I am very proud that we have several current, and I am sure future, Grand Tour champions in the team. Selecting the right leader in the right race with the right support team is critical and has meant we have had to analyse all the latest information to make sure we are in the best position possible to optimise our performances in the coming months,' said Brailsford.

'Egan will once again target the yellow jersey in France and we are very excited to give last year’s Giro winner, Richard Carapaz, his debut in this year’s Tour also. Geraint will target the Giro and take on the opportunity to double up his Tour de France win with another Grand Tour title, with the aim of being the first Welshman to win it.

'In turn, Chris Froome will target the Vuelta. Chris is a legend of our sport, a true champion who has demonstrated incredible grit and determination to come back from his crash last year. We want to support him to compete for another Grand Tour title and the Vuelta gives him that little bit more time to continue his progress to the top level.'

Replacing Froome and Thomas at the Tour will be experienced Costa Rican Andrey Amador and defending Giro champion Richard Carapaz.

Carapaz, who withdrew from racing the Giro dell'Emilia on Tuesday, was due to defend his Giro title in October but has now been drafted into the Tour team as support for Bernal and as potential General Classification back-up on his debut in the race.

In-form Pavel Sivakov will also make his Tour debut as a key mountain lieutenant while stalwarts Michal Kwiatkowski, Jonathan Castroviejo and Dylan van Baarle all make the cut.

The only British rider to make the team is Welshman Luke Rowe who will act as road captain.

The 2020 Tour de France starts on Saturday 29th August in Nice.