Three's a crowd: no room for Chris Froome as Team Ineos seek mission clarity | William Fotheringham

09 July 2020 01:20
Dave Brailsford’s team had too many leaders for his liking so he has swept sentiment aside, as he did with Bradley WigginsTo understand how it is that six weeks before Chris Froome might have been starting out on his quest for a fifth Tour de France he is contemplating his imminent departure from his team of 10 years, you have only to consider two of Sir Dave Brailsford’s favourite catch phrases. Mission clarity. Compassionate ruthlessness.The unhappy 2012 Tour when Bradley Wiggins and Froome failed to gel perfectly taught Brailsford about mission clarity: make sure your leaders know the hierarchy and be certain they will stick to it. The emergence of a young, thrusting talent in the 2019 Tour winner, Egan Bernal, alongside two former winners in Froome and Geraint Thomas would be a nightmare to handle in ideal circumstances. Achieving clarity while racing the Tour with two leaders is bad enough, but three would be a very crowded marriage. Related: Chris Froome to leave Team Ineos for Israel Start-Up Nation at end of 2020 Related: Postcard from the future: The Tour de France will have to wait another year | Felicity Cloake Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian