Skybots no more? How youth and creativity have changed Ineos' racing philosophy

INEOS Grenadiers's riders lead the pack on a cobblestone sector during the 119th edition of the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic cycling race, between Compiegne and Roubaix, northern France, on April 17, 2022. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Ineos Grenadiers lead the peloton over an early cobbled sector at Paris-Roubaix, which they would go on to win with Dylan van Baarle (Image credit: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images))

Following the end of the spring Classics season, attention has swiftly turned to stage racing, with the Tour de Romandie complete and the Giro d'Italia set to kick off the Grand Tour calendar this week.

For Ineos Grenadiers, long one of the stage racing powerhouses of the peloton, the transition will be a smooth one as they look to the likes of Richard Carapaz and Richie Porte at the Giro and Dani Martínez, Geraint Thomas, and Adam Yates at the Tour de France.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix