Tour de France: Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas left out of squad

Former Tour de France champions Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas
Froome and Thomas are both previous Tour winners
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Former-winners will not take part in this year's Tour de France but will compete in subsequent events later in the season reports Max Liu...

"Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford confirmed the reason for Froome's absence, saying: "'Chris needs that little bit longer to get to the highest level.'"

Primoz Roglic is the [2.8] favourite to win this year's Tour de France after Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas were left out of Team Ineos' squad for the event which begins on 29 August.

Froome, who has won the Tour four times, has been recovering from a crash a year ago from which he sustained a fractured right femur, broken hip, fractured elbow and fractured ribs.

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Consequently, he missed out on preparation time for the Tour and there were doubts about whether he was in good enough form to participate.

Today, team boss Dave Brailsford confirmed the reason for Froome's absence, saying: "Chris needs that little bit longer to get to the highest level."

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Geraint Thomas, who won in 2018, also misses out, with last year's winner Egan Bernal [4.1 ]and Richard Carapaz [13.5], who won the 2019 Giro d'Italia, selected instead.

Team Ineos have won the Tour de France each year since 2015 and taken seven of the past eight Tours.

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If Roglic, who rides for Team Jumbo-Visma, is victorious then it will represent an end to Ineos' grip on power.

Froome, who is leaving Ineos at the end of the current season, will lead them at the Vuelta a Espana, while Thomas will do so at the Giro d'Italia which starts on 3 October.

The Tour de France begins on 29 August and will finish on 20 September. Before then cycling tipster Jack Houghton will provide his Tour preview as well as daily tips from the start to finish.

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