Chris Froome tight-lipped over possible departure from Team Ineos

I won’t let that be for nothing.” Internal rivalries with fellow Grand Tour champions Thomas, Bernal and last year’s Giro winner Richard Carapaz have been brewing and cycling’s transfer market growing fraught as sponsors struggle to fend off the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Froome, who will be 35 next week, may be seeking one last lucrative move before the market becomes even more pinched but may have few options. The Spanish Movistar team, having shed Landa, Carapaz and the Grand Tour winner Nairo Quintana, are also in need of a rider capable of landing a Tour de France win and may have the estimated £4m a year it would take to secure Froome. “Our transfer activity is parked,” said one, while another added: “Who has millions lying around now?” In late April Froome said that if he won a fifth Tour this summer it would be “massive”, and that it would be “one of the biggest comeback stories in sport”. The Colombian, more than a decade Froome’s junior, said he would not “throw away an opportunity to win another Tour de France, that’s for sure”. “I don’t think I’m going to do that, nor will he [Froome] – nor will anyone.” The rapidly growing financial crisis that has led to redundancies and pay cuts, may also have forced Froome’s hand.

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