Britain’s Chris Froome says he is “optimistic” of a Tour de France place despite trailing behind Team Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal. Froome has been some way off 23-year-old Colombian Bernal – the 2019 Tour winner – in recent warm-ups, as he tries rediscover his form.
Four-time Tour winner Froome, Bernal and British 2018 champion Geraint Thomas, 34, are all competing at the Criterium de Dauphine – the final warm-up event, which will help their team decide who to select for cycling’s biggest race.
Ineos’ policy is that whoever is the strongest rider going into the final week of any Grand Tour will be backed by the whole team, and they would be unlikely to want to take three riders to the Tour who would be considered team leaders.
Source – BBC