Thomas And Bernal Named As Joint Leaders For Team Ineos Tour De France Squad

Geraint Thomas rides in the bunch before his crash during stage 4 at the Tour de Suisse

Team Ineos have named Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal as joint leaders of their eight-rider squad for the Tour de France . Thomas enters the 2019 Tour as defending champion after his victory last year but there are doubts about his Grand Tour form after he crashed out of the recent Tour de Suisse. The 22-year-old Bernal missed the Giro d'Italia after a crash in training but recovered quickly and went on to win the Tour de Suisse, earning his role as joint leader. Team Ineos will be without four-time winner Chris Froome after his high-speed crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné but are still expected to dominate the racing, with Thomas and Bernal potential winners. The racing and the roads of France will ultimately reveal who will emerge as Team Ineos' protected leader, with the first mountain finish to La Planche des Belle Filles likely to give a first ...

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