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Team Ineos must take Chris Froome to this month’s Tour de France, insists Sir Bradley Wiggins

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Sir Bradley Wiggins says Team Ineos must take Chris Froome to this month’s Tour de France – even though he is leaving them at the end of the season.

Froome, 35, is battling to secure a place in Ineos’ eight-man team for the race which begins on August 29, with Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal – the respective 2018 and 2019 winners – also on their roster.

But Wiggins believes his old boss Sir Dave Brailsford should select four-time Tour champion Froome – who missed last year’s race because of injury – for the final time before he joins Israel Start-Up Nation at the end of the year.

Sir Bradley Wiggins says Team Ineos must take Chris Froome to this month's Tour de France

Sir Bradley Wiggins says Team Ineos must take Chris Froome to this month's Tour de France

Sir Bradley Wiggins says Team Ineos must take Chris Froome to this month’s Tour de France

Wiggins (middle) says Froome should be picked despite him leaving at the end of the season

Wiggins (middle) says Froome should be picked despite him leaving at the end of the season

Wiggins (middle) says Froome should be picked despite him leaving at the end of the season

‘I would guess that Chris Froome won’t be at the level this year to win the Tour de France, I think it might take another year of racing,’ admitted Wiggins, who was the first Briton to win the race in 2012.

‘But I do think he has a place in that team. I would take him purely based on what he has done for that team. He has been the face of that team for a number of years now. I also think Chris will be the first in there to say he’s going to help his team-mates.’ 

Froome is currently racing in the four-day Route D’Occitanie in France in what some see as a play-off with Bernal to be selected as one of two lead riders.

Sir Dave Brailsford will select an eight-man team for the race which will begin on August 29

Sir Dave Brailsford will select an eight-man team for the race which will begin on August 29

Sir Dave Brailsford will select an eight-man team for the race which will begin on August 29

He will swap teams at the end of the year when his Ineos deals expires – and Wiggins believes the switch will boost his chances of winning a record-equalling fifth Tour.

‘I knew he was thinking of changing teams and I think he needed to,’ Wiggins said on his Eurosport podcast

‘He’s got a fifth Tour de France in him and he was obviously thinking whether he would ever get that opportunity again at Ineos.

‘By changing teams, he has probably given himself the best chance to win that fifth Tour. He would have put a lot of thought into it and it’s a brave move because there is no certainty in it at all – but I see it as such a positive thing.’

Froome may race for Ineos for the last time before he joins Israel Start-Up Nation later this year

Froome may race for Ineos for the last time before he joins Israel Start-Up Nation later this year

Froome may race for Ineos for the last time before he joins Israel Start-Up Nation later this year

Whether or not Froome is on the Tour start line this summer, Wiggins has backed Welshman Thomas to repeat his 2018 success.

‘Bernal was allowed to win the Tour de France last year, with Geraint as defending champion, so the same should apply the other way around this year,’ Wiggins added.

‘So Geraint is open to win the race this year and I actually think Geraint will win the Tour de France this year – no question about it.’

You can find Sir Bradley Wiggins’ podcast with Eurosport here 

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Five substitutions set to stay in this season’s Champions League and Europa League

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UEFA are expected to announce that managers will be allowed to use five substitutes in this season’s Champions League and Europa League on Thursday in a ruling that could put English clubs at a significant disadvantage. 

La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesgia and Ligue 1 have all continued using five subs this season, but the experiment introduced during Project Restart was abandoned by the Premier League so England’s top club could find themselves playing by different rules in domestic and European competition.

Europe’s top clubs have been lobbying UEFA all summer for five subs to be permitted on the grounds of minimising player fatigue in a season that has been cut by four weeks due to the impact of Covid-19, and a decision will be made at the European governing body’s Executive Committee meeting tomorrow. 

Clubs in European competitions will continue to be able to make five changes this season

Clubs in European competitions will continue to be able to make five changes this season

Clubs in European competitions will continue to be able to make five changes this season

The Premier League’s biggest clubs also wanted to continue with five subs and nine players on the bench this season, but failed to get sufficient support from the rest of the top flight despite twice putting the proposal to a vote at shareholders’ meetings earlier this summer. 

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea will be the Premier League’s representatives in the Champions League with the group stage draw to take place in on 1 October.

The problem of fixture congestion will be further highlighted when UEFA confirm their plans for Europe’s 2022 World Cup qualifying tournament, which is expected to begin with two triple-headers next March and September. 

That schedule will represent another blow for Premier League managers, who face seeing their players take part in three international matches in little over a week towards the end of the season, and present a challenge for England manager Gareth Southgate to ensure he can select his first-choice squad.

UEFA are set to adopt the rules for both the Champions League and the Europa League

UEFA are set to adopt the rules for both the Champions League and the Europa League

UEFA are set to adopt the rules for both the Champions League and the Europa League 

UEFA will also announce dates for the Nations League final tournament, which is likely to be put back until the autumn of 2021 as the delayed European Championship will dominate next summer. 

The Euros is not on the agenda, but is sure to be discussed amidst growing fears it will have to be staged behind closed doors due to rising infection rates across Europe.

UEFA remain committed to the 12-city pan-European format, but are working on a plan B in case that does not prove practical. A final decision is not expected to be taken until the start of next year.

The congested international fixture list is also set to present a problem for Gareth Southgate

The congested international fixture list is also set to present a problem for Gareth Southgate

The congested international fixture list is also set to present a problem for Gareth Southgate 

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Arsenal open to letting Reiss Nelson leave in loan transfer with Mikel Arteta wanting winger to get game time

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ARSENAL will allow Reiss Nelson to leave on loan before the October 5 transfer deadline, according to reports.

The England youth international has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates since the arrival of Willian from Chelsea.

Reiss Nelson could be set to leave Arsenal on a temporary basis

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Reiss Nelson could be set to leave Arsenal on a temporary basisCredit: Getty Images – Getty

And having not even made the substitutes’ bench for either of the Gunners’ Premier League matches so far this season Nelson, 20, could be headed for a new temporary home.

According to David Ornstein, there are no shortage of interested parties – but the potential move is at an early stage.

Nelson burst onto the scene under Arsene Wenger, making 16 appearances in the legendary Frenchman’s final season in charge.



He was then allowed to join Hoffenheim on loan in the Bundesliga, flourishing as he quickly became a regular.

The Londoner appeared 29 times under Julian Nagelsmann, including five outings in the Champions League.

Nelson returned to Arsenal as a useful squad player, making 22 appearances last season – often alongside fellow academy graduates Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock.

He played eight minutes as a substitute in the Community Shield triumph over Liverpool last month.

But the Gunners are happy to let him go and shine again as he did at Hoffenheim.

Nelson bagged the winner against Liverpool in July

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Nelson bagged the winner against Liverpool in JulyCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Last week Arteta, 38, said on the matter: “I think they all realise the competition we have in forward positions.

“I’ve already spoken with Reiss about it and I really like the way he’s training.

“I think we both agree about how much he’s improved in the last few months and he’s going to carry on pushing himself and the rest of the team.

“He needs to be ready because in football, unfortunately, or fortunately, things don’t take three months to change, it can take three minutes and you have to be ready when that opportunity comes.

“I think if you ask any of those 27 players if they need to play, they will all say ‘Yes, of course. I need to play regularly and I need minutes.’

“But at the moment it’s just not possible playing one game a week and with this rule of just being able to have 18 players, it’s very difficult to give everyone the same minutes – impossible.”

Nelson previously enjoyed a loan spell at Hoffenheim

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Nelson previously enjoyed a loan spell at HoffenheimCredit: AFP
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Premier League TV fixtures updated with earlier times for midweek clashes due to 10pm pub curfew

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MANCHESTER UNITED’S home clash Tottenham will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho will return to his former stomping ground on October 4 at 14:30.

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Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford will be shown live on Sky SportsCredit: Reuters

It will be one of SIX live games shown on the Super Sunday with the Premier League forced to change kick-off times following the government’s decision to close pubs at 22:00.

It means midweek fixtures will now take place at 17:45 or 20:00 so supporters can watch the entirety of matches.

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