Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas will not take part in this year’s Tour de France for Team Ineos.
Both cycling greats have been left out of the Team Ineos squad as Sir Dave Brailsford has opted for defending champion Egan Bernal and 2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz.
Froome will instead cycle in the Vuelta a Espana, while 2018 Tour winner Thomas takes on the Giro d’Italia.
Froome, a four-time Tour winner, had made this year’s race his number one target after recovering from career-threatening injuries, which he suffered in a crash at the Criterium du Dauphine last year.
However, his 71st-placed finish at this year’s Dauphine proved to be a sign that he was not back to his best in time for the Tour.
Ineos team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “Chris is a legend of our sport, a true champion who has demonstrated incredible grit and determination to come back from his crash last year.
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“We want to support him to compete for another Grand Tour title and the Vuelta gives him that little bit more time to continue his progress to the top level.
“Egan will once again target the yellow jersey in France and we are very excited to give last year’s Giro winner, Richard Carapaz, his debut in this year’s Tour also.
“Geraint will target the Giro and take on the opportunity to double up his Tour de France win with another Grand Tour title, with the aim of being the first Welshman to win it.”