Sir Dave Brailsford said: „Chris’s current contract comes to an end in December and we have taken the decision now not to renew it. We are making this announcement earlier than would usually be the case to put an end to recent speculation and allow the Team to focus on the season ahead.
„Chris has been with us from the start. He is a great champion and we have shared many memorable moments over the years but I do believe this is the right decision for the Team and for Chris. Given his achievements in the sport, Chris is understandably keen to have sole team leadership in the next chapter of his career – which is not something we are able to guarantee him at this point. A move away from Team INEOS can give him that certainty. At the same time, it will also give other members of our Team the leadership opportunities they too have earned and are rightly seeking. I am excited about the talent we have right across the Team at the current time and all our collective focus is on preparing for the season ahead. Like everyone across the sport we are all looking forward to the start of racing next month.“
Chris Froome said: „It has been a phenomenal decade with the Team, we have achieved so much together and I will always treasure the memories. I look forward to exciting new challenges as I move into the next phase of my career but in the meantime my focus is on winning a fifth Tour de France with Team INEOS.“
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer
ISN gab in einer Pressemitteilung bekannt, Froome werde am 1. August einen langfristigen Vertrag unterschreiben und ab 2021 das blau-weiße Trikot der Israel Start-Up Nation bis zum Ende seiner Karriere tragen.
Man werde um den 35-jährigen Froome herum ein Team aufbauen, um “unser Hauptziel zu erreichen: die Tour de France zu gewinnen“, wurde Team-Eigentümer Sylvan Adams zitiert. “Mit Chris werden wir zu neuen Höhen aufbrechen und die Spitze dieses Sports erreichen. Ich möchte hinzufügen, dass ich Chris nicht nur für seinen Erfolg als Radprofi bewundere, sondern auch dafür, wie er sich sonst als wahrer Gentleman verhält. Chris wird ein großartiges Vorbild für unser Team sein…“
“Gemeinsam können wir großartige Dinge schaffen“, sagte Froome, der bei der am 29. August in Nizza beginnenden Tour de France sein fünftes Gelbes Trikot erobern will, sich aber mit Egan Bernal und Geraint Thomas starker teaminterner Konkurrenz gegenübersieht.
Teammanager Kjell Carlström betonte: “Wir wollen unser Team im Jahr 2021 auf verschiedene Weise verstärken, nicht zuletzt, um in GrandTours konkurrenzfähig zu sein. Mit seiner beeindruckenden Bilanz ist Chris Froome der perfekte Leader für diese Rennen, mit Schwerpunkt auf der Tour de France “, sagte der Finne, der seinen neuen Kapitän trotz dessen Alters auch perspektivisch noch zur Weltspitze der Rundfahrer rechnet: “Er hat sowohl die Einstellung als auch die physischen Fähigkeiten, um mit uns noch mehr große Rundfahrten zu gewinnen.
TdF 2019 mit Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS)
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer
It is clear that one of the major contagion pathways for the Corona virus is hand to mouth. Hand sanitisers prevent this.
INEOS will provide free issue product for hospitals
INEOS is Europe’s largest producer of the two key raw material needed for hospital grade hand sanitiser at its sites in Grangemouth, Scotland and in northern Germany.
We produce almost 1 million tonnes.
There is a critical shortage of hand sanitisers across Europe.
INEOS will build a UK factory to produce 1 million bottles per month within 10 days and will replicate this in Germany.
The company expects to concentrate on meeting the needs of front line medical and care services as well as making the “pocket bottle” hand sanitisers for personal use for people
across the UK and Europe
The company will supply hospitals, schools, places of work, pharmacies and supermarkets.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS says, “It is becoming increasingly clear that hand to mouth infection is a significant cause of Corona virus contagion and INEOS
is Europe’s largest manufacturer of the core ingredient of hand sanitiser. We will build two factories in the UK and Germany in 10 days to produce very substantial supplies.”
INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, has today announced plans to produce 1 million hand sanitisers per month to help with the European shortage. These will be produced according to World Health Organisation specifications and be specifically designed to kill bacteria and viruses.
INEOS is the leading European producer of the two key raw materials needed for sanitisers – isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and ethanol. The company is already running these plants flat out and have been diverting more of this product to essential medical use and will now build two new factories to make hand sanitiser from them.
INEOS intends to produce both standard and the increasingly popular “pocket bottle” hand sanitisers and is already talking to retail outlets across Europe. Supplies to NHS hospitals will be free of charge for the period of the crisis with the public being able to purchase bottles through retailers.
INEOS takes its corporate and social responsibilities extremely seriously, its products are essential to the production of essential healthcare products from rubber gloves, to PVC saline drips, syringes, ventilators, medical tubing. Its products purify the public drinking water. It produces raw materials for soap, acetone for aspirin and paracetamol, and its phenol is being used in pharmaceutical analysis essential in procedures necessary to find a vaccine.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS adds, “INEOS is a company with enormous resources and manufacturing skills. If we can find other ways to help in the coronavirus battle, we are absolutely committed to playing our part”
Hope that I can set this straight, I was last at a training camp at the beginning of December. My recovery is going well and I will be heading to my next training camp on Thursday. Onward 👊
Chris Froome auf Instagram
Mit typisch britischen Humor kommentierte sein Teamkollege Luke Rowe seinen Post:
Fake news! Never seen you at camp !!!
Text und Foto:
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer – www.plomi.smugmug.com
Geraint Thomas is relishing the challenge of the final week of the Tour de France, with the battle for the yellow jersey looking set to go down to the wire.
The Welshman retained second place overall following a tough pair of Pyrenean mountain tests and was buoyed by a strong finish to the Prat d’Albis climb. Thomas regrouped on the first-category slopes, eventually overhauling and putting time into race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).
With the general classification closing up ahead of a trio of mountain stages in the Alps, including team-mate Egan Bernal in fifth place overall, Thomas is keen to get back on the bike and put a self-confessed bad day behind him.
Speaking on the race’s second rest day he explained: “Obviously yesterday I said on the radio I didn’t feel great into the last climb. As it turns out I did feel great at the top. The main thing going into the Alps is that I feel motivated to get there and to try and finish this Tour off well. It’s been a slightly up and down year, and race, compared to last year. The main thing is that I finished strongly yesterday and I’m itching to go now. I much prefer the Alps and I’ve got a lot better memories there for obvious reasons. I’m just looking forward to it.”
“On the Tourmalet I wasn’t feeling 100 percent. Yesterday I finished really strongly. If that is my bad day, to lose 30 seconds on the Tourlamet is quite a good day really. As (Team Principal) Dave (Brailsford) says, you win a Grand Tour by being good all the way through and managing your effort, rather than going into that deep, deep red zone often – save that for the final day or two. I feel like I’ve managed that effort really well so far and I’m feeling good for it.
“Altitude-wise, in training in Tenerife the drop-off in watts is never really as much as most people. The heat is the same for everyone. I’ve ridden in that heat Down Under numerous times and over the years got used to it.”
With a tight battle at the top of the general classification and a number of teams looking to impose themselves on the climbs, Thomas is comfortable with the race situation and the differing way the team has approached the mountains thus far.
He added: “We’re second and fifth on GC. Okay we’re not in the yellow and we’re not riding on the front all day every day. There’s more than one way to win the Tour. This situation is completely different. We don’t have to pull when there’s other teams who want to do it as well. We’re in a super strong position. Everyone has ups and downs. It’s how you deal with that and I’m confident we’re all in great shape and in a great position – looking forward to some big Alpine climbs.”
Beim Training für das Zeitfahren ist Chris Froome nach einer Abfahrt mit hoher Geschwindigkeit sehr schwer gestürzt. Er war zusammen mit Wout Poels unterwegs und nahm die Hände vom Lenker, um sich die Nase zu putzen. Dabei erfasste ihn eine Windböe und er krachte mit voller Wucht gegen eine Hauswand. Er zog sich viele Knochenbrüche zu, u.a. Oberschenkel, Ellbogen und Rippen. Gemäß Teamchef Dave Brailsford liegt er auf einer Intensivstation. Sein geplanter Start bei der Tour de France ist dadurch nicht möglich.
Wir wünschen Chris Froome eine baldige und vollständige Genesung.
Text/Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer
Chris Froome is ready to gauge his form at the upcoming Criterium du Dauphine as he continues to build towards July.
The six-time Grand Tour winner recently completed a second training stint in Tenerife and has pronounced himself happy with his form ahead of his fifth race outing of the year.
With three victories at the Dauphine already on his palmares, Froome has often used the prestigious event as a final build-up race to the Tour de France. He will be supported at the Dauphine by Vasil Kiryienka, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Wout Poels, Ian Stannard and Dylan van Baarle.
Speaking after returning from Tenerife, Froome told TeamINEOS.com: “This approach and build-up to July is something we’ve tried and tested quite a few times over the years now. Our camp went really well, and as always at the second camp in Tenerife I start to feel a lot more ready for racing. Now I’m looking forward to pinning on some numbers at the Dauphine.
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer – www.plomi.smugmug.com
“It’s hard to say where I’m going to be, given I haven’t done much racing recently, but I’d like to be there fighting for the overall win at the Dauphine. The Tour group as a whole is moving forward and looking really good and ready for the next couple of months ahead. So hopefully we’ll have a really strong outing at the Dauphine as well.
“I think it’s a pretty good, well balanced route. There are a few lumpy days, a time trial and then some big mountain days. We’ll definitely get a good gauge of where we’re at after doing this Dauphine as there’s a bit of everything there.”
For Froome and fellow Dauphine team members Kwiatkowski, Poels and Van Baarle, time spent in Tenerife enabled them to put in those crucial kilometres and hone form.
“I’m really happy with where I’m at currently,” Froome added. “I was probably a bit eager earlier this season in Colombia and probably did a little bit too much. I feel like this camp has been very different to that and I’ve been able to do exactly what I need to do. The feelings are quite different now having come back from Tenerife, if I compare them to how I felt when I got back from Colombia.”
Froome’s Tour build-up is markedly different to a 2018 season which saw him battling hard across three weeks at the Giro d’Italia – eventually emerging successful.
On reverting back to a more traditional Tour run-in this year he admitted: “It was quite nice in a way watching the Giro on the TV and actually not racing. Also remembering my feelings coming out of the Giro last year – it’s so different to how I feel right now. Hopefully I’ll be a lot fresher now coming into this next block and more ready to race, as opposed to being on the back foot trying to recover from the Giro.”
Froome also reserved praise for young Team INEOS team-mate Pavel Sivakov after watching him ride to a superb ninth place in Italy.
“Pavel was very, very impressive. For a 21 year old to have ridden a top 10 in just his second Grand Tour – that takes some doing and it goes a long way to showing what kind of engine he has for the future.”
Nach Weltmeister Alejandro Valverde (Team Movistar) muß mit Egan Bernal ein weiterer Topfahrer seine Teilnahme am GIRO 2019 absagen. Der Kolumbianer erlitt beim Training in seiner Heimat einen Schlüsselbeinbruch.
Und auch Gianni Moscon wurde vom Team INEOS ohne Angabe von Gründen aus dem Aufgebot gestrichen.
Bislang sind nominiert:
Pavel Sivakov, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Jhonatan Narvaez, Sebastian Henao, Salvatore Puccio und Christian Knees, der seine 19. Grand Tour in Angriff nehmen wird.
Optionen gibt es einige, z.B. Wout Poels oder auch der Italiener Filippo Ganna.
„Die Taktik wird sicherlich anders werden. Wir haben aber noch nicht darüber gesprochen aber es gab schon einige Meetings in den letzten Tagen“, erklärte Servais Knaven, einer der Sportlichen Leiter der britischen Mannschaft, gegenüber cyclingnews.com.
Eine Option wäre ja, den jungen Wilden Sivakov und Geoghegan Hart für die Gesamtwertung grünes Licht zu geben und auch mehr auf Etappenjagd zu gehen.
Team INEOS wird die Entscheidung in den nächsten 48 Stunden bekannt geben.
Text: Gerhard Plomitzer
Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov, two of Team INEOS’ next generation of young riders, will lead the team at this year’s Giro d’Italia – the team’s first Grand Tour under new ownership.
The duo will be supported by a largely youthful looking lineup including six riders aged 25 or under, as the team returns to the race won in memorable fashion by Chris Froome in 2018.
Geoghegan Hart (24) and Sivakov (21) will be joined on the start line in Bologna on May 11th by Eddie Dunbar, Sebastian Henao, Christian Knees, Jhonatan Narvaez, Salvatore Puccio and Ivan Sosa.
The average age of the eight-man team is 25 years – the team’s youngest-ever Grand Tour lineup.
Geoghegan Hart and Sivakov made their Grand Tour debuts last year at the Vuelta a España, and impressed at the Tour of the Alps last month, with three stage wins and a one-two on the final GC.
Sir Dave Brailsford:
“Egan’s injury is a real shame as he was to lead the team in a Grand Tour for the first time. However, I’m sure he will be fighting fit come July.
We will not dramatically change our approach to the race as we will still look to give each rider the greatest developmental opportunities and to learn and gain as much experience as possible.“
“Eddie will now come into the Team for his first Giro and given his recent performances it is well deserved.”
He added: “We will not dramatically change our approach to the race as we will still look to give each rider the greatest developmental opportunities and to learn and gain as much experience as possible.
“Both Salvatore and Christian have been selected to add in a wealth of Grand Tour experience and to support the riders who will be racing for three weeks for the first time.”
Leeds, Sunday, May 5th 2019 – After an action packed day in the hills of northern Yorkshire, three riders managed to make it clear to the finish line in Leeds. While title holder Greg Van Avermaet conquered the day’s win, this fifth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire went to Christopher Lawless making the best of his slim lead in the GC prior to the final day.
The splendid Halifax Piece Hall welcomed the riders of the Tour de Yorkshire in style. Thousands had gathered to cheer on the remaining 108 men taking on the fourth and final stage of the event. On the menu, after taking off from this historical location of Britain: 175kms of racing on a course to Leeds including five hills. Wearing the overall leader’s blue jersey at the start was Chris Lawless (INS) who knew it would be hard to defend his leadership.
At km 4, nine riders managed to break away : Lafay (COF), McEvoy, Walker (both MGT), Hivert (TDE), Rolland, Courteille (both VCB), Irizar (EUS), Scott (SCB) and Hayter (GBR). Their advantage grew to 1’40’’ at km 12. At the top of the first climb of the day, the Côte de Goose Eye (km 22), the front group led by Scott has a 2’10 lead.
Arnaud Courteille was then the first to reach the summit of the Côte de Barden Moor (km 39.5) while the gap reached 3’. At the first intermediate sprint, in Kilnsey (km 58), won by Scott ahead of Irizar and McEvoy, the peloton remained 2’50’’ adrift. The third hill of the day, the Cote de Park Rash was once again claimed by Courteille. After the summit, team Ineos took control of the chase and the gap started dropping. At the feeding zone, the front 9 saw their lead drop to 1’15’’. The first man to struggle at the front, and even quit the race was McEvoy.
On the climb up the Côte de Greenhow (km 128), three of the front men powered away: Lafay, Hivert and Courteille. Meanwhile, team Riwal pushed harder at the front of the pack reducing the number of riders in the peloton and moving closer to the break. At the top, Courteille conquered enough points to virtually claim the best climber’s jersey while the front three enjoyed a 30’’ advantage over Rolland and Hayter and 55’’ over the pack.
On the final climb of the day, the Côte de Otley-Chevin (Km 154), Rolland and Hayter were caught and the front three started feeling the pressure of a group of 29 riders including all the favourites. At the top, Courteille led the way ahead of Hivert and Lafay but Dunbar (INS) powered away in a counter-attack. The Irishman managed to catch the leaders and went on to conquer the second bonus sprint. He then continued on his own at km 164.
Dunbar was eventually caught by Van Avermaet (CCC) and his team mate, the blue jersey Lawless. With 5kms to go, the front three could enjoy a 10’’ lead over a group including Kamp and 20’’ over the Froome group of over twenty men. The three men finally made it clear all the way to the line.
In a final sprint, title holder Van Avermaet conquered the day’s win ahead of Lawless and Dunbar. After capturing the blue jersey the previous day in Scarborough, Lawless manages to keep his overall leadership and wins this 5th edition of the race. In the GC, the Brit who becomes the first of his nation to win the event triumphs with a slim 2’’ advantage over Van Avermaet and 11’’ over Dunbar. Lawless also wins the points classification while Courteille finishes best climber of the Tour.
1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 4:40:03
2 Chris Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos
3 Eddie Dunbar (GBr) Team Ineos 0:00:02
4 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Dimension Data 0:00:09
5 James Shaw (GBr) SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
6 Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis
7 Alexander Kamp (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
8 Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Wiggins Le Col 0:00:12
9 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha-Alpecin
10 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling
1 Chris Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos 15:18:12
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 0:00:02
3 Eddie Dunbar (GBr) Team Ineos 0:00:11
4 Alexander Kamp (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team 0:00:15
5 James Shaw (GBr) SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling 0:00:25
6 Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis
7 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Dimension Data
8 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling 0:00:28
9 Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis
10 Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Charles
“Sky and 21st Century Fox have agreed the sale of Team Sky to INEOS. INEOS will become the sole owners of Tour Racing Limited (the team’s holding company) from 1 May this year and will continue to fund the current team in full, honouring all existing commitments to riders, staff and partners,” read a statement from Team Sky on Tuesday.
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer
Sky and 21st Century Fox have agreed the sale of Team Sky to INEOS. INEOS will become the sole owners of Tour Racing Limited (the team’s holding company) from 1 May this year and will continue to fund the current team in full, honouring all existing commitments to riders, staff and partners.
The launch of Team INEOS will take place at the Tour de Yorkshire which starts in Doncaster on 2 May.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Chairman and Chief Executive of INEOS, said: “Cycling is a great endurance and tactical sport that is gaining ever more popularity around the world. Equally, cycling continues to mushroom for the general public as it is seen to be good for fitness and health, together with easing congestion and pollution in city environments. INEOS is delighted to take on the responsibility of running such a professional team.”
Jeremy Darroch, Sky Group CEO, said: “We are pleased that the team’s future has been secured under new ownership. This brings to a close Sky’s decade-long involvement with cycling, which has created unprecedented success and inspired millions more people to cycle regularly. I’d like to thank all members of Team Sky, past and present, for their contribution to our journey together. We wish the team and INEOS all the best for the future and look forward to watching the next chapter in the story.”
Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal, said: “Today’s announcement is great news for the team, for cycling fans, and for the sport more widely. It ends the uncertainty around the team and the speed with which it has happened represents a huge vote of confidence in our future. In Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS, I know that we have found the right partner whose vision, passion and pioneering spirit can lead us to even greater success on and off the bike. It heralds the start of a hugely exciting new chapter for us all as Team INEOS. I would like to personally thank Jeremy Darroch, who over a decade ago had the vision to back us when others thought we were crazy. His support for the team through thick and thin has been remarkable and everyone at Team Sky thanks him for all he has done for our sport.”
The practicalities of the transfer are subject to further discussion with the Union Cycliste Internationale.