End of an era for Froome as he leaves Ineos for lead­ing Is­rael Start-Up role

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FOUR-time Tour de France cham­pion Chris Froome will join the Is­rael Start-Up Na­tion team in 2021 af­ter los­ing his sta­tus as the leader of Team Ineos.

Froome’s con­tract with Ineos ex­pires in De­cem­ber and the team have de­cided not to re­new it, end­ing a decade-long as­so­ci­a­tion.

Ineos boss Dave Brails­ford said: ‘Given his achieve­ments in the sport, Chris is un­der­stand­ably keen to have sole team lead­er­ship in the next chap­ter of his ca­reer, which is not some­thing we’re able to guar­an­tee at this point.’

Froome, who has signed an open-ended deal with his new team, said: ‘It has been a phe­nom­e­nal decade with the team, we have achieved so much to­gether and I will al­ways trea­sure the mem­o­ries.’

In a state­ment, Is­rael Start-Up Na­tion said the Bri­ton will ‘wear ISN’s blue and white un­til the end of his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer’.

New chap­ter: Froome

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