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Tour 2024: INEOS Grenadiers have many assets, but Carlos Rodriguez is the leader

Tour 2024: INEOS Grenadiers have many assets, but Carlos Rodriguez is the leader

Monday, June 24, 2024 at 12:10

INEOS Grenadiers does not have one of the top favorites for the upcoming Tour de France. However, the British squad includes last year’s number five, Carlos Rodriguez. He is the team leader. In addition, Egan Bernal, Tom Pidcock and Geraint Thomas are also traveling to Florence for the conference The big section. Laurens De Plus provides the Belgian input.

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Not only did Rodriguez finish fifth in last year’s Tour de France, he also won the mountain stage ahead of Morzine on a Jux. The 23-year-old Spaniard has also performed well in recent months. He came second in the Tour of the Basque Country, won the Tour de Romandie and was fourth in the Critérium du Dauphiné. In the final stage race he also won the final stage.

“After a strong and consistent season, Carlos will lead the team in France,” said Performance Director Scott Drauer. “Carlos continues to impress us in the race, but also with his professionalism and attitude on and off the bike. In addition, we have the strength and experience of Egan in the Tour, while Tom and Geraint can provide support, but also compete hard and make it difficult for the competition.

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Bernal, Pidcock, and Thomas
While Rodriguez was riding the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tom Pidcock and Egan Bernal competed in the Tour of Switzerland. Pidcock was sixth at that stage of the race, while Bernal was fourth. The latter found his way to the top after a long period of rehabilitation with the necessary ups and downs. The Colombian has already been on the podium at O ​​Gran Camiño and the Tour of Catalunya this year. He came in third place in both races.

Geraint Thomas, winner of the 2018 Tour, finished third in the Italian Tour. After a tough Giro, the Briton mainly wants to support his teammates in the Tour and will at the same time aim for a stage victory. Laurens De Plus, Michał Kwiatkowski, Jonathan Castroviejo and Ben Turner will also have primarily a service role.