Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas to target Tour de France, Egan Bernal to lead at Giro d'Italia
Jan 01 2019 08:23 pm CET

Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas to target Tour de France, Egan Bernal to lead at Giro d'Italia
Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas to target Tour de France, Egan Bernal to lead at Giro d'Italia
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Team Sky has confirmed that Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas will target the 2019 Tour de France, while Egan Bernal will be the Giro d'Italia leader.

Froome will attempt to take a record-equalling fourth title at the French grand tour while Thomas will start in the race as the defending champion. "It's been a hard decision to figure out exactly what to do in 2019 and figure out which Grand Tours to focus on, especially having won the Giro last year and having had such an amazing time out there with the team – but for 2019, my number one objective is going to be the Tour de France," commented Froome.

"It was definitely a difficult decision not to go back to the Giro d'Italia and defend the maglia rosa. I've got some amazing memories from last year, but I think, with the Tour de France as my main objective, it's probably better that I skip the Giro d'Italia in 2019. I'm getting to the point in my career now where I'm starting to think about what kind of legacy I want to leave behind and if I am able to win the Tour de France for a fifth time and join that very elite group of bike riders - only four other people have ever done that - it would just be incredible."

Thomas will target the French race and the time trial at the World Championships that are set to be held in Yorkshire. "The main goal for me will be to go back to the Tour de France for the best result I can," the Briton explained. "Maybe if I hadn't have won the Tour in 2018 I might have looked at a Giro / Vuelta programme but, having won the Tour, I'll have the number one on my back and it would be sad not to go back and not to go back at 100% as well.

"The year will be geared around that, but I'm also looking forward to a slightly different programme as well, and obviously after the Tour, the Worlds in Yorkshire will be massive. I think the time trial will be my best chance of getting something out of it. It will be a good goal to have for the end of the year. I certainly want to be there because the support in the UK and in Yorkshire especially is just unbelievable at the moment. They're going to be a massive Worlds and it will be great to be a part of that."

For Bernal, this will be his first start in the Giro d'Italia and he will be having the leading position at Team Sky. "The Giro is a race that I really, really like," the Colombian affirmed.

"I lived in Italy for three years, so I have a lot of friends there and I really like the Italian fans. I know the roads, I really like the Giro, and I want to do a good race there."




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