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Thomas and Froome react to Tour de France omission

Joe Robinson
19 Aug 2020

British duo will now focus on later Grand Tours as Team Ineos opt for Bernal as sole leader

Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have reacted to being dropped from Team Ineos Grenadier's Tour de France team.

Team manager Dave Brailsford made the shock announcement to leave the British duo at home for the Tour later this month, instead sending defending champion Egan Bernal as the team's sole leader.

Brailsford said that 'selecting the right leader in the right race with the right support team is critical' and that after analysing 'all the latest information to make sure we are in the best position possible to optimise our performances in the coming months', and that Thomas would now be sent to the Giro d'Italia and Froome would focus on the Vuelta a Espana.

In response to the announcement, Team Ineos released a video with Thomas and Froome commenting on the team's decision to leave them out of the Tour line-up in lieu of Giro defending champion Richard Carapaz and veteran Andrey Amador.

Thomas, who won the Tour in 2018 and finished runner-up in 2019, claimed it was 'nice' to have clarity around his season and that he looks forward to targetting the Giro due to having unfinished business with the race.

'It feels like it's back to some sort of normality with the team and racing and everything. It's nice to finally have a firm plan in place and to know exactly what I'm doing and yeah, try and get some sort of positive out of this year,' said Thomas.

'It's always something that I've wanted to go back to. I enjoy the racing there. I've always loved Italy you know, the roads, the fans and the food, obviously.'

Thomas last raced the Giro in 2017. Riding as Team Sky's leader for the race, the Welshman was forced to abandon on Stage 13 having collided with a race motorbike four days before.

As for Froome, he seemed slightly more disappointed with the team's decision to leave him out of the Tour team but admitted the Vuelta was a more 'realistic' goal as he continues his long return from a crash that almost ended his career.

Rumours had already circled around Froome's Tour participation as it was announced the four-time Tour champion would be leaving Team Ineos at the end of the season to join Israel-Start Up Nation.

Froome resumed his season at the Tour de l'Ain earlier this month, struggling to 41st overall, before finishing the Dauphine 71st on GC over a 1 hour, 25 minutes down.

'Given where I've come from, through the last year, I've had an incredible recovery from the big crash that I had last year and I'm in a very fortunate position to be back racing now already, but I'm not confident that I can fulfil the necessary job that would be needed of me at this year's Tour de France,' said Froome.

'I think it's a lot more realistic targeting the Vuelta as it gives me a chance to get stuck into something that is deliverable.'