Movistar deny Chris Froome transfer rumours, despite Spanish pro's enthusiasm for the move

‘In Spain you will eat very well and have very good coverage’

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Movistar have denied the rumours that Chris Froome could be seeking a mid-season transfer to the Spanish WorldTour team, despite the enthusiasm of some Spanish pros.

According to a recent report from Cycling News, Froome is in discussions over a potential change of team while the racing season is suspended due to coronavirus.

Rumours have linked the four-time Tour de France winner with a number of teams, including Israel Start-Up Nation who have not denied their interest, while Team Ineos have dismissed the speculation as “fake news.”

Reports recently suggested that Movistar, currently home to Alejandro Valverde, were one of the teams interested in signing Froome, but according Spanish newspaper Marca that the team is now denying the rumours.

A Movistar spokesperson said: “Froome today is not a possibility for 2020.”

But the possibility of Froome joining Movistar was met with enthusiasm from some Spanish pros, including José Joaquín Rojas.

Rojas tweeted: “My friend you know that in Spain you will eat very well and you will have very good coverage.”

Froome says he is back to his best after suffering awful injuries in a crash during last year’s Critérium du Dauphinè.

The 35-year-old is targeting a fifth Tour de France victory this year, if the Tour de France goes ahead on its rescheduled start on August 29.

It’s possible that the talk of Froome’s transfer stemmed from his agent, as he looks for a contract renewal with Team Ineos at the end of 2020, as his current deal with the team comes to an end.

But in recent years Froome has been forced to sacrifice his leadership responsibilities to his team-mates, first to Geraint Thomas mid-way through the 2018, then to Egan Bernal last year when his injuries forced him to skip the race.

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Reports have also suggested his leadership for the 2020 Tour is not guaranteed.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.