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Ineos Grenadiers announce Giro d'Italia team to support Geraint Thomas

Joe Robinson
30 Sep 2020

Three British riders make the cut for the Italian Grand Tour starting this weekend

Ineos Grenadiers have named the team to support Geraint Thomas in his hunt for the Maglia Rosa at the Giro d'Italia, which starts this weekend.

The Welshman will lead the British team at the Italian Grand Tour for the first time since 2017 after opting to skip the Tour de France, held over the past month. 

Thomas will have a strong supporting cast around him that includes recently crowned time-trial World Champion Filippo Ganna and former double time-trial World Champion Rohan Dennis.

Support in the mountains will be supplied by fellow British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ecuadorian Jhonatan Narváez and Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo, the only rider to double up from the Tour de France.

The experienced Salvatore Puccio will provide vital support on the flat stages while British National Champion Ben Swift rounds off the lineup.

'I’m excited to lead the team again in Italy and I feel ready,' Thomas said of the team announcement.

'It’s been a strange year for everyone but it’s great to have this big objective. The legs are feeling good – Tirreno went well and then the World Championships time-trial was a confidence booster for me. Now Stage 1 is nearly here and I’m more motivated than ever.

'I have a long association with Italy – I’ve lived here, I’ve raced for an Italian team, and I had some rough luck the last time I came to the Giro. I’m determined to right that wrong this time around,' he added.

'We’re taking a great team and I’ve got total faith in the guys around me. Racing a Grand Tour with Swifty again will be a pleasure – we’ve been good mates since I was 12 and he’ll be our guide on the road.

'Tao and I have raced really well together before, most notably when I won the Dauphine, and Filippo is obviously flying after the Worlds. Puccio has so much experience of the Giro, young Jonny Narváez is going really well and obviously everybody knows what Castro and Rohan can do.'

After being left out of the Tour team due to lack of form, the 34-year-old refocussed his season around success at the Giro this October.

Thomas showed good legs at the recent Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing second on General Classification behind fellow British rider Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). He then followed that up with an impressive ride at the time-trial World Championships last week in which he finished fourth.

The Welshman will now be hoping to carry that form and time-trial prowess into the Giro that starts with a 15.1km downhill race against the clock in Sicily on Saturday. Beyond Stage 1, the race will also tackle two further individual TTs within the race. 

With a total of 65km against the clock, Thomas is set to start the race among the favourites for the title with Yates and Astana's Jakob Fuglsang among the biggest favourites for overall sucess.