Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas had been omitted from the Ineos Grenadiers squad for the 2020 version in a significant workforce shakeup on Wednesday. Britons Froome and Thomas each had been smartly under par within the Criterium du Dauphine, which serves as a sort indicator forward of the Tour.
The Tour begins on August 29 from Nice.
Team supervisor Dave Brailsford introduced in 2019 Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz of Ecuador to lend a hand Colombian Egan Bernal retain his name.
“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,” Brailsford mentioned in a workforce observation.
Bernal pulled out of the Dauphine earlier than the penultimate degree on account of again pains however he’s anticipated to be fuly are compatible for the Tour.
Froome, who’s again this season after a horror crash remaining 12 months, will gun for a 3rd Vuelta name from Oct. 20-Nov. eight whilst Thomas will experience the Giro d’Italia from Oct. 3-25.
“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,” mentioned Brailsford.
“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.”
Froome will depart Ineos on the finish of the season to sign up for Israel Start-Up Nation.
On the Tour, Bernal and Carapaz will workforce up with Andrey Amador, Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Luke Rowe, Pavel Sivakov and Dylan van Baarle.