Bernal and Thomas, the leaders of Ineos in the Tour de France

The British team made its eight riders official for the Tour de France, with Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas, current champion, in the lead. Castroviejo, on the list.


The British Geraint Thomas, defender of the title, and the Colombian Egan Bernal will share the head of the ranks in Ineos in the Tour de France that will start next July 6 in Brussels.

In the absence of Chris Froome, convalescing from the fall that suffered in the Dauphiné, Thomas and Bernal, recent winner of the Tour of Switzerland, will share the gallons of Ineos, old Sky, which will complete the team with the Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Wout Poels, Luke Rowe and Dylan van Baarle.

Despite the fall that forced Thomas to retire in Switzerland, the Welshman feels motivated to try to achieve the double in the Tour.

"Winning the Tour de France last year is the highlight of my cycling career, the memories of 2018 will remain with me forever, but now I am ready to increase the successes with the team, it is not a secret that my prep The aura has been affected by the fall, but since then I have done good training and I feel ready. "

Thomas announces that it will not be a problem to leave Brussels with two leaders," since it gives us more options "" Egan and I will work hard between us and with the team during the three weeks of the race. We have an interesting mix of youth and experience and it is a group of runners that I know will be with me every day and will know what it takes to win the Tour. "

Bernal, meanwhile, is excited to compete in his second Tour of France, having played a leading role in the success of Thomas in 2018.

"I have very good memories of the Tour last year. It was my debut, so it was special. We enjoyed a great victory with Thomas and it was something really special to be part of it. Of course, our ambition is to win the race again this year. "

Bernal, 22, highlighted his experience of a year ago for learning in the most important race of the calendar." The Tour you will only know from within. Now that I know him I can be more relaxed about what is coming and more focused for the stages. The most important thing is to enjoy the three weeks, give the best of me and be happy with my performance. I hope I can share leadership responsibilities with Thomas and do everything we can to help the Ineos Team win their first Tour ".

The Tour will include 30 scoring climbs, five finals up and only 54 kilometers against the clock, one per team and another individual The team's director, Sir Dave Brailsford, also shared the excitement of opting for the first triumph of the new formation heiress of the Sky.

"There is always a strong feeling before any Tour, but this is a bit more special for us, since it's our first race as Team Ineos. And although our preparation has not been easy after the collapse of Chris Froome, we will be on the starting line with a really strong team that is eager to win again · .

"After From last year's success, we have decided to enter the race with joint leaders, Geraint and Egan are in great shape. they trust each other and we believe that this approach will adapt better to us as a team, giving us the greatest flexibility along the way and the best chance of success. "

Richie Porte will be the leader of the Trek-Segafredo in the Tour

The Australian Richie Porte will be the leader of the Trek-Segafredo at the Tour de France that begins on Saturday July 6 in Brussels and ends on Sunday July 28 in Paris.

Porte, 34, will face with renewed illusions his ninth participation in the Tour, after a fifth place in 2016 and two consecutive withdrawals in the subsequent editions.

To fight for the general, Porte will have a team that will complete Julien Bernard (FRA), Giulio Ciccone (ITA), Koen de Kort ( HOL), Fabio Felline (ITA), Bauke Mollema (HOL), Toms Skujins (LIT) and Jasper Stuyven (BEL) .

"I think we have a complete team. Obviously, I would love to be on the podium in Paris, but I know it's going to be an incredible fight. I feel a lot less pressure than in the last few years and I'm very motivated to fight hard during the three weeks ".



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