INEOS Grenadiers have made their final plays in the transfer market and completed their roster for the 2021 World Tour season, confirming the rumour of signing the ever impressive 21 year old Yorkshire man Tom Pidcock, former Team Sky lieutenant Richie Porte and two incredibly bright talents in Laurens de Plus and Dani Martinez.
It seems as if INEOS are rebuilding their team to bring them back to the front of the peloton after, for them, a disappointing Tour de France. With the sole bright moment a 1-2 finish for Richard Carapaz and Michal Kwiatkowski putting Carapaz in the Polka dot jersey. After claiming the King of the Mountains Jersey, Carapaz then lost it the next day to the eventual winner of the Tour Tadej Pogačar.
However, with the signing of Tom Pidcock, who won the Baby Giro this year, the team re looking to add youth to their line up and clearly see Pidcock as a rider for the future. Pidcock himself is leading Team GB at Imola on Sunday in the men’s Elite race after finishing third in the U23 Men’s Road Race in Harrogate just 12 months ago. “I am incredibly excited and proud to be signing for the INEOS Grenadiers. Like so many British cyclists of my generation, I have always aspired to race on the road with this team – to me, the best in the world.” Said Pidcock.
“I just want to keep racing, learning and growing as a bike rider, and having the opportunity to do that in this team is amazing. I feel like I’m ready for the WorldTour but also excited to keep exploring multiple disciplines with the support of this team behind me.”
Richie Porte is making an interesting return to the team where he made his name and was a faithful lieutenant to Chris Froome during his time at Team Sky. Leaving then for BMC Racing Team to become their leader for the TdF, it never really worked out and Porte suffered back luck stories before signing for Trek Segefredo and getting that tour podium he so dearly wanted this year.
Porte has confirmed that he will be finishing his career at Team INEOS “I had four fantastic years and some of the happiest memories riding here. I weighed up the options this year and I’m very motivated to be able to finish my career at such a fantastic team.” Said Porte.
It’s no doubt that Porte will be on the Tour team and guiding their leader to the top of the climbs, Richie goes on to say: “I’m motivated to be a part of more victories and to come back and race with some of the best guys in the world. I know what my role is – I know I can still win races on my day, but I see myself slotting in as a climbing domestique and it’s something I really look forward to.”
The final two riders added to the line up are Laurens de Plus and Dani Martinez. de Plus, a young Belgian climber, took overall victory at last years BinckBank Tour “I am really happy to have this chance. In the peloton, everybody talks about this Team and the way they have taken cycling to a higher level.” Said de Plus. Martinez took a stage at the Tour this year and also an impressive overal victory at the Criterium du Dauphine, the Tour’s lead up race which has always been a happy hunting ground for INEOS / Sky. Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas have all won their and then gone on to win the Tour. “I have been making progress over the last few seasons and have been really lucky with the support I have had, but the opportunity to ride for the INEOS Grenadiers was too good an opportunity to not take. I believe this is the right time to try and take my career to the next level and I am hugely motivated to learn from the best in the world.” Said Martinez who is clearly hoping to kick on and take a yellow jersey of his own one day.