The Ineos is more than Froome

The best team in the world has won seven of the last eight Tour de France with four different riders. That forces. Even above its legends.


Ineos, formerly Sky, have won seven of the last eight editions of the Tour de France. That forces. Chris Froome was raised as his banner in those years until he became a myth: four Tours, one Giro and two Laps. But the British team has managed to be crowned in Paris with four different riders, not just him, which confirms the importance of the group beyond the individuals. The transition from Brad Wiggins to Froome was done well - the road does not lie. Then, the triumphs of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal were more related to moments of weakness of the African, due to the ups and downs of his positive and his terrible fall, than to a technical programming. A relay was needed, and there they were. Ineos are the most powerful team in the world and as such their mission on the Tour is above their legends. That is subtracted from his latest decision to leave Froome and Thomas out of the lineup, whom he has repositioned at the Vuelta and the Giro. The movement of pieces has also brought an alternative for Bernal, in case his back fails. This time the relay is called Richard Carapaz.

The announcement by Ineos to exclude two Tour winners, and especially Froome, fell like a bombshell on Wednesday morning. The surprise, although shocking, brims with coherence if we hold on to the performance of each one in the recent Dauphiné. Chris is far from his best version, if he ever finds her again, and Geraint has choked on inactivity. Bernal does exhibit a good tone, but the unknown of his withdrawal forces him to open other bets: especially Carapaz's, but also Pavel Sivakov's. All in the same pen are too many roosters with no guarantees. With a romantic look, it hurts that Froome does not dispute his fetish career, but it would have been more painful to see him transporting cans, as he seemed destined. There is a good side: it will come to the Vuelta. Where it all started.

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