Ineos Grenadiers playing long game at Giro despite second show of strength

POTENZA ITALY MAY 13 LR Pavel Sivakov of Russia Jhonnatan Narvaez Prado of Ecuador and Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers compete during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 7 a 196km stage from Diamante to Potenza 717m Giro WorldTour on May 13 2022 in Potenza Italy Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
Richard Carapaz rides at the front of the peloton with Ineos Grenadiers teammates Pavel Sivakov and Jhonatan Narvaez (Image credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Just as they did in the Etna stage, this time on Friday’s long grind through the mountains of southern Italy, Ineos Grenadiers were once again one of the few top GC teams prepared to put in the spadework on the biggest climbs to keep their rivals on their toes. And as a strategy, the squad insisted afterwards, things had worked out well.

“This stage was a day about wearing people down,” Rod Ellingworth, deputy team principal at Ineos Grenadiers, told a small group of reporters after the finish of stage 7 in Potenza that featured more than 4,500 metres of climbing, “and we had numbers up there, and everybody was looking good.

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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.