Portal: Young riders no longer have to learn from mistakes

Team Sky – now Team Ineos – sports director Nicolas Portal talks to the press
Nicolas Portal (Image credit: Getty Images)

Team Ineos director Nicolas Portal believes the impact being made by young riders is in part due to the wealth of data at their disposal, negating the 'trial-and-error' process of adaptation to the professional ranks.

Portal, who was in the Ineos car as Egan Bernal became the youngest winner of the Tour de France in more than 100 years last July, was speaking to Cyclingnews after watching 21-year-old Tadej Pogačar claim his second stage victory of last week’s Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.

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