Ineos: "This Giro will be an occasion for young people"

The Giro is the first big one that disputes the Ineos (previously Sky) with its new denomination. Brailsford recognizes that he received "more offers".


The Ineos disputes its first big under its new denomination and its new sponsorship in this Giro. David Brailsford, general manager, believes that there has only been a change in the signs and colors: "Now we have the name of Ineos instead of Sky and we have gone from blue to red, the structure, the way of working, the runners, the auxiliaries ... we are all the same with the arrival of such a powerful sponsor or more ". Brailsford admits that he received "more offers", but no one on the team comments. Like the one of Oleg Tinkov or the approach of the Colombian Government: "We do not speak to preserve its confidentiality". The annual budget continues at around 40 million euros.

The new project started in the Yorkshire Tour in a semi-clandestine way for fear of protests. Ineos, a petrochemical company, performs fracking (a technique of hydraulic fracturing of the land) to extract gases and oil. British ecologists remembered him at each Yorkshire outing with boos and masks from the owner, Jim Ratcliffe, characterized as a demon. In Italy they have not suffered any mishaps, although it is shocking that Sky bet in 2018 for a campaign in favor of preserving the oceans. Dario Cioni, one of the directors of the squad, downplays this situation: "It was the best for us, there is no problem or conflict, each company can dedicate itself to what it considers" .

No boss. In the Giro of 2019 they are faced with an unknown position in recent times: do not have any cyclist with ambitions for the general classification. A Cioni does not mind: "Obviously we were affected by Egan Bernal's injury, anyone classified him as a title contender, but that same became an occasion to offer more gallons and responsibility to young people as Geoghegan Hart (24 years old) , Sivakov (21), Dunbar (22), Narváez (22) or Sosa (21) They are the present and will be the future, although they must learn day by day what it means to defend this jersey in a round of three weeks ".

In the Ineos await "with anxiety" the stages of high mountain: "Without a sprinter in our ranks or pure specialists against the clock, we must focus our efforts on the most demanding days". Geoghegan Hart, very graphic in his statements with the media, assures that they intend to "unleash the madness from Ceresole Reale (already on Friday)". Cioni likes the idea, but tempers the mood: "I love that the boys compete motivated and with desires of achieving successes." However, we have to plan and manage the strategies as we are used to, even though we have room for improvisation " . Indeed: the Sky calculator of always ... with the sponsorship of Ineos.



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