Ri­vals set for prep fights

Froome switch re­vealed

Western Daily Press - - Wdp Sport -

SEVEN-TIME Grand Tour win­ner Chris Froome will leave Team Ineos at the end of the sea­son to bring an end to a decade-long as­so­ci­a­tion with Sir Dave Brails­ford’s team.

The four-time Tour de France win­ner is set to join the Is­rael Start-Up Na­tion squad for next sea­son af­ter see­ing his lead­er­ship role within what was Team Sky chal­lenged by the emer­gence of Geraint Thomas and Egan Ber­nal, who have won the past two edi­tions of Le Tour be­tween them.

“It has been a phe­nom­e­nal decade with the team,” Froome said.

DANIEL Dubois and Joe Joyce will take tune-up fights be­fore their all-Bri­tish heavy­weight show­down later this year.

The pair are set to to shake off the ring rust at the BT Sport Stu­dio in Strat­ford, with Joyce tak­ing on Ger­many’s Michael Wal­lisch in a ten-round bout on July 25 and Dubois fac­ing Ham­burg’s Rus­sian-born Erik Pfeifer on Au­gust 29. As­sum­ing there are no ma­jor up­sets, the two un­de­feated Lon­don­ers will then face-off against each other on Oc­to­ber 24 at the O2 Arena in a clash that has al­ready been post­poned twice due to coron­avirus.

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