Since Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first British Tour de France winner in 2012, Britain has been the nation to beat in the Grand Tours.
With the dominance of Chris Froome starting in 2013, followed by the success of Geraint Thomas in 2018, six of the last 10 editions of the Tour have been won by a Brit.
But this year there is a shortage of British leaders, with both Thomas and Froome being left out of the Team Ineos squad, while Bahrain-McLaren have opted not to take Mark Cavendish to the race.
The only two confirmed Brits in the Tour (at the time of writing) are Team Ineos domestique Luke Rowe and Mitchelton-Scott’s Adam Yates.
While Yates has been a yellow jersey contender in the past, the team have asserted that they will only be chasing stage victories and not the general classification.
Hugh Carthy could still ride the Tour with EF Education First, who have yet to announce their squad, but he is likely to work in support of other riders on the team, while Connor Swift may be given a spot to assist Nairo Quintana at Arkéa-Samsic.
It’s not all bad news for British fans however as two rising British riders, Jake Stewart and Matt Walls, have both been offered WorldTour spots for next year.
But does the lack of British leaders in this year’s Tour de France start list mark a turning point for the country’s cycling ambitions?
We want to hear from you, Cycling Weekly readers, to get your thoughts on British riders in the Tour de France.
Is this the end of an era? Will you be following the Tour as closely this year? When will Britain next win the Tour de France?
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2. Should Team Ineos have taken a British leader, regardless of form and why?
3. Does the 2020 Tour de France mark the end an era for British riders and why?
4. Will you be following the Tour de France 2020 as closely this year and why?
5. Do you think Britain will win another Tour de France and why?
6. How have British riders inspired you over the last 10 years?
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. 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.
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