Brailsford: Ineos couldn't guarantee Chris Froome sole team leadership

Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford outside the new bus
Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford (Image credit: Simon Wilkinson /

Dave Brailsford has said that Chris Froome’s departure from Team Ineos at the end of this season has come about because the team was unable to guarantee him “sole team leadership” at this point in his career.

Ineos confirmed on Thursday morning that Froome will leave when his contract expires at the end of this season. The four-time Tour de France winner will join Israel Start-Up Nation in 2021, though he reiterated his intention to ride the 2020 Tour with Ineos, whose line-up will include defending champion Egan Bernal and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.