Team Ineos have confirmed the signings of Tom Pidcock, Richie Porte, Laurens de Plus and Dani Martinez to their 2021 roster.
With Adam Yates having already agreed to join and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome leaving, a new era beckons for the British outfit, formerly Team Sky, that has dominated the Tour de France for the past decade.
“This season we have seen a change in both individual performance levels and the collective strength of teams,” said team principal Dave Brailsford.
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Riders are better prepared and teams more organised. The intensity of competition is increasing and it’s getting more difficult to win. We are relishing this challenge and focused on coming back stronger. The riders themselves are at the heart of any team and each one of our new signings forms a key part of the evolution of the Team.
The 21-year-old Pidcock, who recently won the 2020 Baby Giro, will join in March 2021.
“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, who is expected to lead GB at the UCI Road World Championships in Italy.
The highly-rated Pidcock, whose impressive palmares includes Paris–Roubaix Espoirs and the UCI Junior Road World Championships time trial title, joins a roster brimming with youthful talent, including Egan Bernal, Pavel Sivakov, and Ethan Hayter.
“It’s clear Tom is one of the most exciting young riders in world cycling and part of a new era of incredible all-round talents," said Brailsford.
We’re witnessing a new trend in cycling, with an emergence of young riders who come from a broader, multi-disciplined background. Tom’s career so far really embodies that. He’s competed at the highest level across several disciplines, an incredible bike handler, a natural born bike racer, and a winner.
Porte, 35, has signed a two-year deal at Ineos, having had four successful years at the team’s precursor, Team Sky.
"I had four fantastic years and some of the happiest memories riding here," Porte said.
I weighed up the options this year and I’m very motivated to be able to finish my career at such a fantastic team
The Australian, who finished on the podium in third at this year’s Tour de France, has ridden for BMC and Trek-Segafredo since his departure from Sky in 2015.
Elsewhere, De Plus joins from Jumbo-Visma where he spent two years and Martínez, winner of Stage 13 at this year’s Tour, comes in from EF Pro Cycling.
“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," said Martínez.
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.
With additional reporting from Reuters
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