Ineos outlines Grand Tour management strategies, which include a Bernal tilt at the Giro

Egan Bernal at the Étoile de Bessèges.

Ineos Grenadiers team principal Dave Brailsford mapped out the team’s programs for this year’s Grand Excursions on Wednesday, revealing that the squad intends to again Egan Bernal as team chief at the Giro d’Italia, with Geraint Thomas, Tao Geoghegan Hart, and Richard Carapaz to race the Tour de France.

New arrival Adam Yates is established to goal the Vuelta a España, exactly where he could be joined by other significant names relying on how the year progresses.

Bernal, who won the Tour in 2019, deserted last year’s race thanks to back again troubles and is nonetheless functioning his way into variety. The 24-yr-aged Colombian has spoken about his fascination in racing the Giro right before. Brailsford verified that he is established to direct the staff there this year, noting that “it’s extremely critical that he finds that pleasure of racing once more.”

Adhering to the Giro, Ineos programs to send out Geraint Thomas, Richard Carapaz, and Tao Geoghegan Hart to the Tour de France. Thomas received the race in 2018, although Carapaz won the Giro in 2019 and Geoghegan received the race in 2020. Brailsford pointed to the time trials on the route as favorable to Thomas’s talent established, while noting that Carapaz could consider a far more aggressive tack. As for Geoghegan Hart, the workforce felt that he was all set to just take the “next step” and make his Tour debut.

Richie Porte, Laurens De Plus, Michal Kwiatkowski, Jonathan Castroviejo, Luke Rowe, and Rohan Dennis have been all named as possible Tour starters as perfectly, and Bernal may well also return to the race pursuing his Giro campaign.

Alternatively, Bernal may perhaps start the Vuelta, exactly where Yates is currently slated to make the start. Carapaz, who rode to 2nd driving Primoz Roglic at final year’s Vuelta, was also pointed out as a prospective starter for this year’s race adhering to his Tour de France start off.