Despite a tragic occurrence, Ineos Grenadiers is still in the game and are looking stronger than ever as their performance excels at the Volta a Catalunya. Riche Porte had to abandon the event after stage 2 because of health problems but that did not hurt the team’s overall performance.
Porte is a formidable cyclist, he is a former Volta a Catalunya winner and recently finished in the overall top-five at the Tirreno-Adriatico. Ineos Grenadiers had big plans for the Australian veteran but they could not be fulfilled after Tuesday.
Ineos Grenadiers Sports Director Brett Lancaster stated:
He was ok yesterday [Monday] but got sick during the race today. So he decided to stop and we’ll make sure he recovers well.
Ineos Grenadiers is the same team that took all the three spots in Volta a Catalunya last year. This year, both Richard Carapaz and Pavel Sivakov are doing great for themselves as they braved through a squad of 40 aggressive riders for the front lines.
We really have to give Carapaz some credit as he is still recovering from the sickness that knocked him out of Tirreno-Adriatico, as his Volta a Catalunya performance is witnessed, he is more than ready for the mountain stages ahead of him. He has all the nods and features of an Olympian champion and this title suits him well.
We’re not expecting massive things because he’s still building for the Giro. But he’s in a good place, so that’s promising.
A good lead matters a lot, Lancaster was also directing Ineos Grenadiers last year when they took the historic win. Lancaster has stated how the absence of a time trial changes the whole situation:
A lot of teams have seen that and know they’ll have a chance to take this race on. It’s an exceptionally good lineup this year.
There are plenty of race events ahead and Ineos Grenadiers is only getting started. For more updates, you know where to look.
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