British cyclist Chris Froome, 35, a four-time winner of the Tour de France, will leave his current team, Team INEOS, at the end of this season and He will be free to continue his career in another squad if he wishes.
"Team INEOS confirms today that it will not renew Chris Froome's contract at the end of this season." announced the British team, in which Froome has achieved his greatest achievements in cycling.
Froome joined his current team, then called Sky Procycling, in the 2010 season from Barloworld. Since then, he has conquered four Tour de France (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), two Vuelta a España (2011 and 2017) and one Italy spin (2018), only looking at the big three rounds of cycling.
"It has been a phenomenal decade with the team, we have accomplished a lot together and I will always treasure the memories. I look forward to new and exciting challenges as I move into the next phase of my career., but in the meantime my goal is to win a fifth Tour de France with INEOS ", explained the cyclist of Kenyan origin.
In a career where has achieved 46 victories, In which he has participated in 7 Clásicas and in 17 major laps --Tour, Giro and Vuelta--, Froome has been three times winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné or twice winner, in addition, of the Tour de Romandía, with seven stages in the Tour and 5 in The return to Spain.
When this strange and short season, which has suffered the ravages of the coronavirus, ends, Chris Froome will be free. Perhaps he will do so with the record he has now, perhaps with one more Tour de France along with other relevant races in which he can participate. At 35 years old, and despite a recent serious injury from which he has already recovered, he remains one of the 'roosters' of the current squad.
Team INEOS general manager Sir Dave Brailsford explained the team's decision not to renew Froome. "We are making this announcement earlier than usual to end recent speculation and allow the team to focus on the season, "he argued.
"Chris has been with us from the beginning. He is a great champion and we have shared many memorable moments over the years, but I think this is the right decision for the team and for Chris ", he pointed.
Without Froome, they will lose a great leader, but it is something that, having Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas or Richard CarapazThey couldn't guarantee you. "He has unique team leadership, but it is not something we can guarantee him at the moment in the team. Leaving INEOS can give him that certainty in another team," he said.
"At the same time, it will also give other members of our team the leadership opportunities they have also earned and are rightly looking for. I am excited about the talent we have across the team right now and everything. our collective focus is on preparing for the next season, " concluded.