Sean Yates raises serious questions over Ineos' Tour de France tactics

Sean Yates and Bradley Wiggins
Sean Yates and Bradley Wiggins (Image credit: Getty Images)

Former Team Sky director Sean Yates has raised questions over his former team’s Tour de France tactics, telling L’Equipe that Ineos Grenadiers have been ‘uselessly expending their energy’ at times during the race, and questioning the team’s decision to replace the late Nicolas Portal with a shared structure within their core group of directors.

Yates was part of the management when they raced under the Sky banner between 2010 and 2012 and helped guide Bradley Wiggins to Britain’s first Tour de France title. He left at the end of 2012 but was critical over the team’s approach to this year’s race, specifically after stage 13 when defending champion Egan Bernal lost over half a minute to both race leader Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar. Bernal now sits third overall, 59 seconds off Roglic’s lead but on stage 13 Ineos set the pace on the penultimate climb, only for Bernal to falter.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.