Ineos Grenadiers head to the Giro d’Italia with previous winners
Fri December 31, 2021 at 09:36
It’s not yet finished on paper, but there’s a good chance that Richard Carapaz and Tao Geoghegan Hart will make a comeback at the start of next year’s Giro d’Italia. It reveals former racer Matteo Tosato, currently the sporting director of INEOS Grenadiers, in conversation with Bici.PRO.
The multimillion-dollar British squad has yet to make its final squad for the Italian round, but Tostatto is quick to talk about Carapaz, the 2019 Giro winner, and Hart, who was able to win the Italian Tour in 2020. “That’s not a mystery, I think Carapaz will be Our captain. We also have a heart. That is the situation now, but we will be planning the programs completely in January.”
What is certain is that Tom Bidcock will be competing in the Giro d’Italia for the first time next year. The British multi-level player gets a free spin on the Italian Tour. In sprints, the team counts on Elia Viviani, who will once again compete with the INEOS Grenadiers next year. Viviani will be able to count on the support of British champion Ben Swift on the flat stages, who has also turned out to be more than an excellent climber in recent years.
Tosatto hasn’t mentioned the (potential) presence of Ricci Porti, but there’s a good chance the Australian will feature again in the Giro in 2022, his farewell year. He was a hit on this tour: in 2010 he finished seventh in the final standings in a Saxo Bank jersey from scratch. He also returned home in the youth shirt. “If I could go back there, it would be a dream. I have always enjoyed the Giro,” Porte said.
Update 12.15 PM
Richard Karabaz has through Instagram page He announced that he will start next year in the Giro d’Italia. The climber from Ecuador is grateful to his team INEOS Grenadiers for the confidence. The 28-year-old Carapaz hopes to become the final winner of the Italian Tour for the second time in 2022. In 2019, he was ahead of Vincenzo Nibali and Primosh Roglic in the final standings.
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