Wout Poels: I was getting a bit stuck at Team Ineos

Wout Poels (Bahrain McLaren)
Wout Poels (Bahrain McLaren) (Image credit: Getty Images)

When Bahrain McLaren climber Wout Poels discusses his former team, Team Ineos, he is at pains to emphasise that he had "no regrets" about the five years he spent with the British WorldTour team. He is also equally clear that at this point in his career, it was time to move on to a new team.

Back in the day, Poels was once touted as a possible Grand Tour contender. But that project seemed to have ground to a halt at Team Ineos. He told Cyclingnews that his role as a top wingman in the mountains for Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, et al, found him hitting a glass ceiling when it came to looking to explore his upper limits.

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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.