Strade Bianche the first goal of Tom Pidcock's all-action Spring

LAGOS PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 16 Thomas Pidcock of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers competes during the 48th Volta Ao Algarve 2021 Stage 1 a 1991km at stage from Portimo to Lagos VAlgarve2022 on February 16 2022 in Lagos Portugal Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Tom Pidcock at the Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Getty Images)

Shortly before the start of the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve, the speaker was growing increasingly anxious about whether the final team in the running order would arrive on time for their slot in the pre-race presentation. "Ineos, please, Ineos to the podium," he announced with polite urgency.

At the third time of asking, the British squad emerged from their bus and soft pedalled towards the podium on Portimão’s elegant marina to the almost palpable relief of the speaker, not that there was any doubt that Ineos Grenadiers would eventually report for duty. Indeed, their lineup in Portugal this week includes a man who appears to be perpetually on call.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.