The team actively responded to the rampant whisper about Froom’s end, according to some speculations, even the most prominent face of the stable did not have to go to the end of the holidays postponed by the Tour de France.
“We have decided not to renew Chris’s current contract, which expires in December. We are announcing this sooner than usual to cut off speculation and allow the team to focus fully on the coming season, “said Dave Brailsford, head of the stable, in a statement on the INEOS website.
Team INEOS confirms we will not be renewing @chrisfroome’s contract – so after 10 great years this season will be Chris’s last with the team.
— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) July 9, 2020
Like Brailsford and British cycling legend Bradley Wiggins, the Froome was tied to the Sky team, which set itself the ambitious goal of winning the Tour de France title as the first British team, from the very beginning in 2010. “Chris was with us from the very beginning. He is a great champion and we have unforgettable memories. Nevertheless, I believe that our decision is the right one – for the team and for himself, “remarked Brailsford.
The position of the British rider, who has been recovering for the past twelve months after being injured in a horrific fall during training at the Critérium du Dauphiné, has ceased to be stable.
Chris Froome in the intensive care unit
“The champion of his format clearly wants to play a leading role. However, we cannot guarantee this at present, and by transferring it to another stable, it will obtain it. And within the INEOS team, the way will be opened for other competitors who are just waiting for their opportunity and have sacrificed a lot of hard work for it. But all this is the future. Now the team is fully focused on the upcoming season. Like everyone else, we can’t wait to start racing again in a month, “Brailsford explained.
Froome, who would like to say goodbye to his fifth title from the Tour, takes a similar view. “It has been a phenomenal decade. Together with the team, we have accomplished unreal things and my memories are like a treasure. I’m looking forward to new challenges, but before that I want to win the fifth Tour de France in INEOS colors, “said the 35-year-old.