Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas’ Team Sky announce 2019 will be final year in cycling

END OF ERA

The all-conquering British team is bringing a close to more than a decade of major success, principal Sir Dave Brailsford has confirmed

Team Sky have announced 2019 will be their final year in cycling.

The British broadcaster, together with minority stake holder 21st Century Fox, will end its involvement in cycling next year after more than a decade of backing.

Team Sky celebrate Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France win earlier this year

Team Sky celebrate Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France win earlier this year

The decision will bring to a conclusion Sky’s ownership and sponsorship of Team Sky, which current features British stars Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas,  which will continue to race under a different name if a new backer is secured to provide funding from the beginning of 2020.

The team will compete as Team Sky for the last time during the 2019 road racing season.

Team Sky have won 322 races including eight Grand Tours, 52 other stage races and 25 one-day races.

Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012, and won road race gold at the London Olympics just weeks later

Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012, and won road race gold at the London Olympics just weeks later

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford has over seen unprecedented success for Britain on the road cycling circuit, boasting six Tour de France titles in seven years from Sir Bradley Wiggins (one), Chris Froome (four) and this year Geraint Thomas (one).

Froome also won the Vuelta a Espana in 2017 and Giro d’Italia in 2018 to complete the set of prestigious Grand Tours.

Froome has won six Grand Tour crowns with Team Sky, including Tour de France titles

Froome has won six Grand Tour crowns with Team Sky, including Tour de France titles

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “While Sky will be moving on at the end of next year, the team is open minded about the future and the potential of working with a new partner, should the right opportunity present itself.

“For now, I would like to thank all Team Sky riders and staff, past and present – and above all the fans who have supported us on this adventure.

“We aren’t finished yet by any means. There is another exciting year of racing ahead of us and we will be doing everything we can to deliver more Team Sky success in 2019.”

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