Sport Cycling: Ineos sign Pidcock, Porte and Martinez
Wiggins criticises Ineos Grenadiers after Tour bid fizzles out
Wiggins criticises Ineos Grenadiers after Tour bid fizzles outColombian Bernal cracked in the 15th stage on Sunday, losing eight minutes on the leaders, before the 23-year-old withdrew ahead of Wednesday's 17th stage because of back pain.
LONDON (Reuters) - Team Ineos continued the rebuild of its squad in the wake of a disappointing Tour de France with young British prospect Tom Pidcock, Australian Richie Porte, Colombian Dani Martinez and Laurens de Plus all confirmed as new signings on Friday.
With Adam Yates having already agreed to join and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome leaving, a new era beckons for the British outfit, formerly Team Sky, that has dominated the Tour de France for the past decade.
First Native American racer blazes trail at Tour de France
LE PECQ, France (AP) — A late draft to the Tour de France, Neilson Powless didn’t have time to scramble together a turtle necklace, the spirit animal of his Native American tribe, or paint one of their wampum bead belts on the frame of the bike that he's ridden for three punishing weeks, over 3,300 kilometers (2,000 miles) of roads. But although unable to carry the Oneida Tribe’s symbols with him, the Tour rookie has become a powerful symbol himself as the first tribally recognized Native North American to have raced in the 117-year-old event.
This year was only the second time in eight that a Team Sky/Ineos rider did not win the general classification as defending champion Egan Bernal blew out.
The signing of 21-year-old Yorkshireman Pidcock will give Ineos a potential Grand Tour leader in years to come while Porte, third at this year's Tour riding for Trek-Segafredo, will return to work with Ineos Grenadiers boss Dave Brailsford, having been a Sky rider from 2012-15.
"Riders are better prepared and teams more organised. The intensity of competition is increasing and it's getting more difficult to win," Brailsford said.
Brailsford said former cyclo-cross junior world champion Pidcock was one of a new breed of all-rounders.
"We're witnessing a new trend in cycling, with an emergence of young riders who come from a broader, multi-disciplined background," he said. "Tom's an incredible bike handler, a natural born bike racer, and a winner."
Martinez won this year's Criterium de Dauphine and a stage of the Tour de France and joins from American team EF Pro Cycling.
"We've been monitoring Dani for many seasons as he has impressed us from an early age and after his recent performances, now everyone can see why we're so excited," said Brailsford.
The 35-year-old Porte, a vital lieutenant during Sky's early domination, will bring huge experience to the team.
"If you are building a team to be competitive against the world's best then you'd want Richie Porte by your side," said Brailsford. "We're really pleased to welcome him back!"
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
Ganna pink with delight after taking first Giro d'Italia stage .
World champion Filippo Ganna produced a flying performance on Saturday to win the Giro d'Italia's opening day time-trial in Palermo and claim the 21-day race's first pink jersey as overall leader. On his first Grand Tour former track specialist Ganna was the man to beat Saturday after winning the individual world time-trial title a week ago. Ganna completed the slightly downhill 15.1km in a furious 15min 24sec, or at an average speed of 58.831km/h, just slightly outside the Giro stage speed record set almost 20 years ago in Pescara by Rik Verbrugghe.