Froome said: “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”
Last Updated: 09/07/20 10:51am
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will leave Team Ineos at the end of the season.
Froome has spent 10 years cycling for Sir Dave Brailsford’s outfit – previously Team Sky – but reports suggest he will join Israel Start-Up Nation from next season.
Britain’s most successful cyclist will target a record-equalling fifth Tour crown at the rearranged 2020 edition, due to run from August 29 to September 20.
“It has been a phenomenal decade with the Team, we have achieved so much together and I will always treasure the memories,” Froome said.
“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.”
The 35-year-old has recovered from career-threatening injuries suffered in a high-speed crash on a course recon at the Criterium du Dauphine last summer, ruling him out of that year’s Tour.
The 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Tour de France winner has seen his leadership role challenged by both Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, who have won the past two editions of the Tour.
Ineos general manager Brailsford described Froome as a “great champion” and said they had “shared many memorable moments over the years but I do believe this is the right decision for the Team and for Chris”.
Brailsford added: “Chris’s current contract comes to an end in December and we have taken the decision now 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.”
Froome, who is also a two-time Vuelta a Espana winner and also won the 2018 Giro d’Italia, is one Tour de France victory away from the record held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.