Geraint Thomas will guide the Ineos Grenadiers lineup at this year’s Tour de France, supported by the Giro d’Italia winner, Tao Geoghegan Hart, and the 2019 Giro champion, Richard Carapaz, in accordance to the crew principal, Dave Brailsford.
This year’s Tour route is “really suited to Geraint’s characteristics,” Brailsford mentioned, of the 2018 Tour winner, who will be 35 this year and is in discussions with the team about a new deal.
“He is really enthusiastic for it. Provided the time-trialling, the nature of the climbing, the first 7 days and the cross winds, that element lends itself properly to his abilities and characteristics. On paper it’s a good Tour for Geraint.”
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The 2019 Tour champion, Egan Bernal, who has expended a great deal of this wintertime in rehabilitation for the back injury that forced him out of his title defence, designed his return to racing in the south of France on Wednesday, and Brailsford explained the Giro will be the Colombian’s first target.
“He invested time in Italy as a youthful rider, he was in an Italian staff, he has strong connections in Italy and he actually wishes to compete for all three Grand Excursions and not just fall into the entice of accomplishing the Tour just about every yr. I would not rule out Egan doubling up into the Tour, that’s very feasible. But we’ll assess that just one as we get nearer.”
Geoghegan Hart, the surprise winner in Milan past autumn, will aim on the Tour. “He could have absent back again to Italy and there was a large amount of chat about him likely again to protect his Giro title,” Brailsford explained. “On the other hand, he could phase up and target on making an attempt to trip the Tour. In conditions of his development and development, it felt like driving the Tour was the up coming stage.”
“It is a great chance for him. He experienced a fantastic adventure, unbelievable expertise and an inspiring knowledge for all of us who ended up in and around that. It feels like he can carry on that journey, move up whilst he is in these types of a fantastic place. Go and take on a new challenge, a various challenge, and see how we can get on.”
New recruit Adam Yates will focus on the Vuelta a España, although Brailsford stated the 21-calendar year-aged Tom Pidcock will be expected to study how to “life the life of an elite rider.”