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INEOS Grenadiers

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Ineos Grenadiers, or Team Sky as some of us still erroneously call them, are the brainchild of David Brailsford, the man who masterminded Great Britain’s track cycling success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Brailsford set out with the idea that he could transfer his marginal gains approach from the track onto the road, declaring the lofty goal of winning the Tour de France with a British rider within five years.

Two years after Brailsford created the team in 2010 they achieved their goal and won the 2012 Tour with Bradley Wiggins. Since then they’ve won the Tour six more times with Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and, most recently, Egan Bernal.

They’ve rebranded since they last won La Grande Boucle, now bearing the brand name of British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe’s petrochemicals company. This rebrand has brought with it accusations of greenwashing, as well as - from a racing perspective - a change at the heart of the team. Additionally, with Ratcliffe purchasing a large stake in Manchester United and putting Brailsford in a high-level position in the football club, questions about the funding and management of Ineos have been raised. Nonetheless, for now, Ineos Grenadiers rolls on as one of the most well-funded teams in cycling.

From a team that was once fully focused on the Tour, Ineos Grenadiers have now transformed themselves into a team with far-reaching goals that stretch throughout the season. They remain focused on discovering the sport’s next major talents, though, and have brought in a handful of youngsters for 2024 who they hope will develop into gems in the coming years, most notably the highly-touted American Andrew “AJ” August.

These new recruits will not only get the honour of learning the WorldTour ropes from some of Ineos' dependable veterans, like Thomas, Michał Kwiatkowski, and Luke Rowe, but also from their current crop of superstars, like Bernal, Tom Pidcock, Filippo Ganna and Josh Tarling.

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INEOS Grenadiers
INEOS Grenadiers
  • Nationality United Kingdom
  • Founded 2010
  • Team Principal David Brailsford
  • UCI Code IGD
  • Bike Sponsor Pinarello

The Team

Tom Pidcock

Tom Pidcock

24

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13

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Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

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27

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Carlos Rodriguez

Carlos Rodriguez

23

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6

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Filippo Ganna

Filippo Ganna

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Jhonnatan Narvaez

Jhonnatan Narvaez

27

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Team Bikes

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Filippo Ganna's Pinarello Dogma F bike for the Tour Down Under

Tour Down Under pro bike: Filippo Ganna’s Pinarello Dogma F

A familiar bike but a new colour scheme for the Ineos Grenadiers rider

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Link to Geraint Thomas’ pro bike: Pinarello Dogma F
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Geraint Thomas’ pro bike: Pinarello Dogma F

The Pinarello Dogma has become one of the most iconic bikes in the WorldTour peloton and has been Ineos Grenadiers' bike of choice for the Vuelta a España

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Link to Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Dogma XC: MTB World Championships-winning pro bike
Tom Pidcock's gold Pinarello Dogma XC

Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Dogma XC: MTB World Championships-winning pro bike

We take a closer look at a bike worthy of a World Champion mountain biker, the new MTB model from road brand Pinarello

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Top INEOS Grenadiers Stories

Link to Watches, crosswinds and puppy fat: Josh Tarling eyes Olympics track debut in 2024
Josh Tarling went straight from junior racing to the WorldTour in 2023 but you wouldn't know it reading his results

Watches, crosswinds and puppy fat: Josh Tarling eyes Olympics track debut in 2024

GCN sits down with Ineos Grenadiers starlet to reflect on debut WorldTour season, get an insight into Andorran life and look ahead to 2024

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Link to Unreleased Kask helmet with ear covers spotted on Filippo Ganna
The new helmet has covers to keep the riders ears flat to their heads in an bid to increase aerodynamic efficiency

Unreleased Kask helmet with ear covers spotted on Filippo Ganna

What looks like an update to the Utopia closes the gap between road and time trial helmets, but will divide opinion when it comes to aesthetics

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Link to American 17-year-old AJ August signs for Ineos Grenadiers
AJ August finished ninth in the junior men's time trial at the Glasgow World Championships

American 17-year-old AJ August signs for Ineos Grenadiers

The junior from up-state New York will be joining the WorldTour in 2024

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