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Chris Froome.

Chris Froome.

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Chris Froome.

Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have both been left out of Team Ineos' Tour de France squad as Dave Brailsford signals a changing of the guard.

Defending champion Egan Bernal will line up with the support of 2019 Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz, but four-time Tour winner Froome will instead go to the Vuelta a Espana in November, while 2018 Tour winner Thomas looks to the Giro d'Italia in October.

Froome, who will leave Ineos to join the Israel Start-Up Nation squad next season, was targeting what would be a record-equalling fifth Tour crown, but his absence is ultimately not a surprise a year after he broke his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs at the Criterium du Dauphine.

The 35-year-old was back at the Dauphine last week alongside Bernal and Thomas, but his 71st place overall did little to convince that he was ready for the challenge of the Tour - something he accepted.

"I've had an incredible recovery from the big crash I had last year and I'm in a very fortunate position to be back racing now already, but I'm not confident that I can really fulfil the necessary job that would be needed from me at this year's Tour de France," said Froome, who will instead look to add to his two Vuelta titles.

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