Bradley Wiggins: 'Chris Froome left Ineos for a reason, he can win fifth Tour de France next season'
On the latest episode of The Bradley Wiggins Show, Brad has thrown his support behind former team-mate Chris Froome in looking ahead to the 2021 season after his final race for Ineos at the 2020 Vuelta a Espana. Wiggins and fellow Eurosport expert Sean Kelly both agreed that Froome can challenge for big titles next season.
Paul Martens of Germany and Team Jumbo - Visma / Christopher Froome of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS - Grenadiers / during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020
Wiggins believes the 35-year-old is still capable of winning the Tour de France and that his end-of-season switch to Israel Start-Up Nation could be what he needs to shine in a leadership role once more next season.
"I think he'll be fine, he's got a good family, wife and kids around him," Wiggins said on the latest podcast. "I think he is very professional, he is good at what he does.
He is leaving for a reason, let's not forget. I think he is leaving to continue in a leadership role, the sole leadership role, in order to try and win a fifth Tour de France, which he is capable of doing.
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"Ineos is a very cut-throat system. They've got how many leaders there who could win a Grand Tour now? And with Chris' crash you have to say that was a setback in terms of the pecking order.
"He didn't get selected for the Tour this year, and he has been given the sole leadership role at a team in order to try and win more, which is good for us fans watching.
"It shows the drive that he has still got in order to come back and prove a point."