Froome's departure from Ineos is no surprise, but it still raises plenty of questions

It’s no surprise that Chris Froome is leaving Ineos for Israel Start-up Nation, but there are likely to be surprises aplenty in the coming weeks before he does

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Thursday's confirmation of Chris Froome’s departure from Ineos and his planned transfer to Israel Start-Up Nation hardly comes as a surprise. There have been many rumours about the move in recent weeks, including some that the Briton would be bought out of his contract by his new suitors in time for him to race this year’s Tour de France in their colours. We now know this won’t happen until next year, but the news that Froome will be leaving the team with which he has raced for 11 seasons has still left us with plenty of questions to mull over.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.