Ineos Grenadiers will not be having one or two but three leaders for Tour de France. The team’s Management announced on the 28th of June, Tuesday that they will have a trio group of Dani Martínez, Adam Yates, and Geraint Thomas competing for stage wins at the Tour.
Tom Pidcock, whose contract with the team was just extended, will also be making his Tour de France debut at Copenhagen. Accompanying him will be Filippo Ganna, the time trial world champion. Dylan van Baarle, Jonathan Castroviejo, and Luke Rowe also made it to the team’s roster.
🇫🇷💛 Vive Le Tour! 💛🇫🇷
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Rod Ellingworth, the deputy team principal, weighs in on their decision to book three leaders for the tour:
In Adam, Dani and Geraint we have three fantastic GC heavyweights who can mount a real challenge
They have proved their form across the season and are lining up in Copenhagen in great shape
He also acknowledged the brilliant stars they have in the shape of Ganna and Pidcock:
It’s also a proud moment for the team to see Filippo and Tom make their Tour de France debuts. They’re phenomenal riders who have big careers ahead of them and both are ready to leave their mark on the Tour
He made his closing comment by recognizing how each person is essential to make wins at the Tour:
No team could ask for three better super domestiques than Dylan, Jonathan, and Luke. Collectively, they have racing instincts and experience that are second to none
The future of Yates was in jeopardy because he had to leave Tour de Suisse owing to Covid-19. Even though, Thomas had a disturbing winter, with covid-19 and a shoulder surgery he made it clear he is back for good. The 2018 Tour De France winner just wants to,“ go there, race hard and do what I can.”
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When the question comes to matching the individual strength of Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), it might be very difficult, but collectively it becomes a really different story.
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