Ineos Grenadiers, the Tour de France and the Geraint Thomas example

TOPSHOT - Tour de France winner Great Britain's Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey gives the thumbs up after the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Houilles and Paris Champs-Elysees, on July 29, 2018. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
Geraint Thomas in yellow at the 2018 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

At an Ineos Grenadiers team training camp earlier this year ahead of the 2023 Tour de France, lead sports director Steve Cummings used a picture of one of the squad’s more unexpected - although fully deserved -  success stories as an inspirational example: Geraint Thomas in yellow on the Champs Elysées in 2018.

Thomas had come into that Tour as a rider who was not fully established as Ineos ‘Plan B’ to Chris Froome. Yet as Froome flagged in July after digging deep to take his own victory in the Giro d’Italia, it was Thomas who triumphed, and since then has taken second and third in the Tour as well.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.