Geraint Thomas carefully avoided confirming that Team Sky will become Team Ineos in 2020 but seemed confident and pleased that the team will continue under new backing, securing his future as a team leader of the British WorldTour team.
Cyclingnews was told by multiple sources on Thursday that the multinational chemical company owned by Britain’s richest person, Jim Ratcliffe, will take over from Team Sky for 2020, perhaps even increasing the team’s reported current budget of £34 million.
Thomas signed a new contract with Team Sky after winning the Tour de France in 2018 and seemed happy that his future is now secured.
“If it’s true, then yeah, but I don’t know, I’m just concentrating on racing,” Thomas said after stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico, carefully avoiding any confirmation of the news.
“You’d hope to think that we’d find something. We are in the best position to; we are one of the best sports teams around, let alone in cycling, so you’d hope we could find something.”
“I heard there was a lot of interest, but it’s like when we’re trying to sign a contract there’s always interest but it’s whoever puts the bloody contract in front of you, isn’t it? I don’t know, hopefully, but I’m just concentrating on this race and we’ll let Dave and all of them sort that out.”
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Staying a British team
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