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|Summary:||Froome excited by 'new beginning' at Team Ineos launch|
|Date:||05/01/2019 03:10 PM|
|People:||Geraint Thomas , Christopher Froome|
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome said he was excited by 'a new beginning' with Team Ineos at their launch on Wednesday.
Froome rode for Team Sky for nine years before they officially became Team Ineos in 2019 after backing from the UK multinational chemicals company.
Team Ineos kept the Sky riders and team principle Sir David Brailsford on board and will be looking to continue their success, after there riders have won the last four Tour de Frances.
Froome refused to discuss Ineos' controversial history over fracking, saying "I don't think those are really questions that should be asked of the riders."
Team Ineos' first race appearance will be in the Tour de Yorkshire which begins on Thursday.
SHOTLIST: Doncaster, England, UK. 1st May 2019
1. 00:00 Team Ineos car and bus
2. 00:05 Chris Froome cycling in Team Ineos colours
3. 00:20 SOUNDBITE (English): Chris Froome, Team Ineos rider:
(about joining Team Ineos)
"I mean it's a new beginning I think certainly, with Team Ineos now. It feels a bit strange saying that after 10 years of being Team Sky, but I think if anything it's just given us all a lot more energy, a lot more excitement for something that feels new and exciting."
4. 00:43 Froome with Ineos chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe (left) and Team Ineos team principal Sir Dave Brailsford (right)
5. 00:50 Froome in new colours
6. 00:55 SOUNDBITE (English): Chris Froome, Team Ineos rider:
(on Team Ineos)
"It's the same team, same group of people and I think we've certainly got our niche in stage racing now, in the Grand Tours – that's our big focus. In the future that may change slightly but I think certainly for now our focus is still on the Grand Tours."
7. 01:18 Pan to Froome, Ratcliffe and Brailsford
8. 01:23 Froome with Ratcliffe and Brailsford
9. 01:28 SOUNDBITE (English): Chris Froome, Team Ineos rider:
(on trying to win his fifth Tour de France)
"Well I mean I've won four Tour de Frances, so this year I'm going for my fifth, which would just be massive. It's been almost two decades since someone's won five Tour de Frances, so that's my big goal this year - to try and get ready for the Tour de France and put my hat in the ring to have the best shot possible at getting number five."
10. 01:59 Froome on bike
11. 02:06 Team Ineos bus
12. 02:09 SOUNDBITE (English): Chris Froome, Team Ineos rider:
(on if there is rivalry between him and team mate Geraint Thomas, the reigning Tour de France champion)
"I don't see it that way at all. I was extremely lucky that Geraint (Thomas) was there last year. I'd just come off doing four Grand Tours in a row and if Geraint wasn't there, the victory would have gone to another team. So I think having both of us in the team is just a fantastic position for us to be in. We can play off each other, we can ride off each other and it's more of a concern for our rivals."
13. 02:37 Froome with Brailsford
14. 02:43 Froome with Ratcliffe
15. 02:48 SOUNDBITE (English): Chris Froome, Team Ineos rider:
(on if he is concerned that Ineos is linked to fracking)
"I don't think those are really questions that should be asked of the riders. I think Jim (Ineos chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe) answered a lot of questions on that already this morning and I think the company certainly does take a large responsibility in the environmental issues and that's certainly at the forefront of what they're about."
16. 03:18 SOUNDBITE (English): Chris Froome, Team Ineos rider:
(asked if riders should asked questions about their sponsors)
"Yes and no, to an extent. I think unless you're going to go and ask every TV anchor to justify the people advertising on their TV show, unless you're going to do that, then no I don't think you can go to every sportsman and push them on the same issues."
17. 03:38 Froome with Ratcliffe and Brailsford
18. 03:44 Brailsford shaking hands
19. 03:51 SOUNDBITE (English): Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Ineos team principal:
(on Team Ineos)
"When I was thinking about this in the last few days I thought, 'OK this is going to be really exciting,' but actually what I'm feeling is a great sense of pride. I can see the Ineos bus behind you, here with Jim (Ratcliffe), I've seen Chris (Froome) in his new kit and I just feel proud of it all really. Proud to be a British success story that we want to continue, proud to be in great part of Britain, which has actually become probably the heart of cycling in Britain at the minute with the Tour of Yorkshire and the World Championships coming up at the end of the year, so yeah, I think the sense is one of pride."
20. 04:28 Froome on bike
21. 04:34 Pan from bus to Froome and Brailsford