The ending of Chris Froome’s devotion to Team Ineos. After ten years of defending the English team, Froome will leave Ineos at the end of this year. The 35-year-old superstar will join the Israeli Start-Up Nation (ISN).
Froome’s move from Ineos was announced on the team’s official website, Thursday (9/7) afternoon. Ineos confirmed that they will not renew Froome’s contract, which will expire at the end of this season.
“We made this announcement earlier than usual to end speculation recently, and allow the team to focus on next season,” explained Sir Dave Brailsford, Team boss of Ineos.
Froome has defended Ineos since the team was first formed under the name Team Sky in 2010. In a decade of service, Froome has won four Tour de France titles, two titles for Vuelta a Espana, and one crown of the Giro d’Italia.
In addition, Froome also presented victories in other events such as, Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de Romandie, Critérium International, Tour of Oman, and Vuelta a Andalucía. That said, Froome is one of the greatest drivers ever to defend Ineos.
“Chris has been with us from the start. He is a great champion and we have shared many memorable moments over the years. But I believe this is the right decision for our team and for Chris,” added Brailsford.
The issue of Froome’s move has actually been detected since early May. The issue is Egan Bernal’s comments when interviewed by Alberto Contador at Eurosport Espana . As a defending champion, Bernal was reluctant to sacrifice for Geraint Thomas or Froome on the 2020 Tour de France.
Bernal’s statement spread everywhere. Froome is reportedly offended. Moreover, the aging rider was eyeing his fifth title on the Tour de France. Froome was rumored to leave in early August. But he decided to split up when his contract expired at the end of 2020.
“This is a phenomenal decade. We have achieved a lot together and I will always cherish these memories. I look forward to exciting new challenges. But for now I focus on winning my fifth Tour de France with Ineos,” said Froome.
One hour after the announcement of Froome’s farewell to Ineos, the Israeli Start-Up Nation (ISN) team confirmed Froome’s arrival at the start of the 2021 season. ISN will award a long-term contract on August 1. The contract allows Froome to retire in this team.
“This is a historic moment for us, the fans, and of course for me personally. This is a very proud moment. Chris is the best racer of his generation and will lead our team on the Tour de France and the Grand Tour,” said ISN Co-Owner, Sylvan Adams.
Meanwhile, Froome was very pleased to be joining the ISN extended family. The Welsh rider admitted that he couldn’t wait to accept new challenges at the start of the season. “I feel we can achieve great things together,” Froome said in his official statement.
It is said that Froome is not the only top racer close to ISN. The team is reportedly eyeing Greg van Avermaet (CCC Team), and two Trek-Segafredo racers Richie Porte and Jasper Stuyven. The drivers’ third contract will expire at the end of the 2020 season.
“We are committed to building a supportive Grand Tour team around Chris. So we can make history together. Because we compete to be the best and achieve our main goal: win the Tour de France,” added Adams.
Adams is sure that Froome’s arrival will make ISN more respected and taken into account. Not only that, Froome is believed to be a good leader at ISN. In addition to experience, Froome is considered to have a good personality.
“I admire Chris not only for his success as a racer, but also for how he behaves, as a real man, from a bicycle. Chris will be a role model for our team,” said Adams.