By Alex Ballinger published
Chris Froome is leaving Team Ineos after more than a decade.
The British Grand Tour star will be making the switch to new WorldTour team Israel Start-Up Nation from 2021, marking the end of an era in professional cycling.
Froome has been with Team Ineos, formerly Team Sky, since the outfit was founded in 2010.
Over the last 11 seasons Froome has won seven Grand Tours , including four Tours de France, and racked up countless other stage victories and general classification wins.
But as Team Ineos banks on Egan Bernal for the future, the team were not willing to guarantee Froome sole leadership at the Tour de France, which set the 35-year-old on the hunt for a new team.
Israel Start-Up Nation, which joined the WorldTour this year after the owners of the Professional Continental squad Israel Cycling Academy took over a struggling Katusha-Alpecin, have attracted the star signing in the hopes of quickly moving up the ranks.
Froome’s departure from Team Ineos marks a significant moment in cycling, both for British fans and followers around the world.
As a British rider in a British team, Froome became the first rider from these isles to win the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, and also became the first Brit to win multiple Tours.
He is also an Olympic medallist, having won time trial bronze in Rio in 2016 and in London in 2012.
We’d like to hear your thoughts on Chris Froome’s transfer and what it means o you as a cycling fan.
Please email answers to any of the below questions to Alex.Ballinger@futurenet.com.
1. Tell us about yourself – age, location, what you do for a living
2. Are you a Chris Froome/Team Ineos fan and why?
3. What are your thoughts on Froome leaving Team Ineos after so much success?
4. Did Froome deserve sole leadership at the Tour de France at Team Ineos?
5. Do you think Israel Start-Up Nation is a good fit for Froome?
6. Do you think Froome can win another Tour de France?
7. Should Team Ineos take Froome to the 2020 Tour de France and why?
Alex is the 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 and now as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output.
Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) and joining CW in 2018, Alex has 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 journalism, Alex is a national level time triallist, avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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