Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is set to leave Team Ineos at the end of the season after ten years under Sir Dave Brailsford amid links to Israel Start-Up Nation having seen his leadership role challenged
- Chris Froome will depart Team Ineos in December after his contract expires
- The four-time Tour de France winner has spent ten years with the team
- He has been linked with a move to inexperienced Israel Start-Up Nation
- Froome said he would treasure the memories and is excited for next challenge
Chris Froome will leave Team Ineos at the end of the season after losing his status as their lead rider.
The four-time Tour de France winner, who will join Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN) team when his Ineos deal expires in December, has won seven Grand Tours under Sir Dave Brailsford across the past decade.
But the emergence of his Ineos team-mates Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, winners of the past two editions of the Tour de France, has undermined his claim to be No 1 and culminated in Brailsford’s call to not renew his contract.
Chris Froome will leave Team Ineos when his contract expires in December after ten years
Brailsford said: ‘Chris’s current contract comes to an end in December and we have taken the decision 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.
‘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 do believe this is the right decision for the team and for Chris.
‘Given his achievements in the sport, Chris is understandably keen to have sole team leadership in the next chapter of his career which is not something we are able to guarantee him at this point. A move away from Team Ineos can give him that certainty.
He said he would always treasure the memories after winning four Tour de France titles
‘Like everyone across the sport, we are all looking forward to the start of racing next month.’
Froome will be part of the team in France in August and September as he pushes for a record-equalling fifth victory. It remains to be seen if he will be a contender on the back of career-threatening injuries sustained in a training crash 13 months ago.
‘I’m really excited to be joining the ISN family,’ Froome said. ‘I look forward to challenging, and being challenged by, their talent and continuing to strive for the success that I’ve enjoyed up to now.’
He added: ‘It has been a phenomenal decade with the team, we have achieved so much together and I will always treasure the memories. 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.’ ends