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VN Podcast: Analyzing the Froome transfer; Magnus Sheffield interview

Chris Froome is leaving Team Ineos for Israel Start-Up Nation, and we have opinions on the transfer. Plus, Magnus Sheffield talks U.S. junior devo in the age of COVID-19.

It’s official: Chris Froome is leaving Team Ineos to join Israel Start-Up Nation for 2021 and the foreseeable future. This blockbuster transfer is one of the biggest in pro cycling’s recent history, and on this week’s episode we examine every angle of the move.

Andrew Hood and James Startt join the podcast to discuss the Froome news. What does Froome’s decision mean for his legacy and the legacy of Team Sky/Ineos? How does the move impact Israel Start-Up Nation’s ambitions within the WorldTour? And what are the other historical transfers of this nature in cycling’s history?

And, do we think that Chris Froome will win his record-tying fifth Tour?

Magnus Sheffield, after pulling on the front for miles to set up Simmons, wins the sprint for third. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Then, we catch up with rising American star Magnus Sheffield, who won bronze at the 2019 UCI junior men’s road world championships. This year was supposed to be Sheffield’s big season on the domestic and international stage, and the coronavirus pandemic has sidelined him. What impact will the shutdown have on the country’s system for developing young talent like Sheffield?

The Tour de France is just around the corner, and the 2020 VeloNews Tour de France guide is now available for pre-order. This year the guide is again packed with insight and analysis on all 21 stages and 22 teams. We also have feature stories that examine the Tour’s history with global crisies, and the simmering battle between Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma. You can order the 2020 VeloNews Tour de France guide now.