The agreement circumstance all over Geraint Thomas carries on to rumble on, with the previous Tour de France winner even now not particular to stay at Ineos Grenadiers over and above this calendar year.
The Welshman has a deal present on the table from the team he joined in 2010 but he is said to have an substitute from Qhubeka-NextHash, who, inspite of their new economic concerns, are keen to recruit an seasoned rider for the in general standings in 7 days-lengthy races and Grand Excursions.
The most probable situation would see Thomas remain at Ineos for at least 1 much more 12 months but the finer details of a agreement extension have but to be agreed.
Speaking at the Tour of Britain, extensive-term mentor and manager Rod Ellingworth explained to Cyclingnews that negotiations had been still ongoing but that Thomas nevertheless had a job to play at the staff must he choose to continue to be.
“It is not completed still, it’s not been finalized but it’s ongoing. I’m positive he has some delivers and I’m absolutely sure he’s seeking at what’s greatest for him,” Ellingworth told Cyclingnews.
“To be genuine I have been at the Vuelta and then in this article so I’m not throughout it all but hopefully we’ll know shortly. All I can say is that negotiations are ongoing.”
Thomas endured a disappointing Tour de France, with his single Grand Tour in 2021 beset by crashes and undesirable luck. Until eventually that issue he had appeared in fantastic variety with a string of spectacular and reliable final results. Soon after a slow create-up by February and March, the 35-year-old was third in the Volta a Catalunya and adopted that up with the all round gain in the Tour de Romandie and a phase win and 3rd over-all in the Critérium du Dauphiné.
With Egan Bernal winning the Giro d’Italia this calendar year, Richard Carapaz ending third at the Tour, and Ineos Grenadiers looking to develop younger expertise over the coming several years, there are respectable queries as to Thomas’ position on the crew need to he stay. Ellingworth thinks that there is much more to the Welshman than just competing for Grand Tour honours and that his working experience and benefit to the group over the previous 10 years are appreciable strengths.
“At the finish of the day, he’s won Romandie this yr and a stage in the Dauphiné. We know that Geraint can even now accomplish nicely and he’s one of people men who if you’re going to war then you want to take him with you,” Ellingworth said.
“He’s a good person to have on the crew in that sense. He’s demonstrated in the previous that he’s not just a fantastic winner but also a very good teammate. He can participate in a wide range of roles and of training course if he stays he’s a little bit of a staff ambassador. He is this workforce, in a way.”
When requested if Thomas would have a Grand Tour management function in 2022, must a contract be signed, Ellingworth explained: “At the stop of the day, it is like with any of the fellas on the staff. We have numerous riders who have gained Grand Tours so, as I have always stated, it’s about placing the ideal rider on the line with the greatest crew. It does not make a difference who it is.”
Ellingworth would not be drawn on any other transfer targets or rumours but it is understood that Elia Viviani is on his way back again to the workforce, 4 decades after departing for pastures new. The 32-year-previous has signed a 3-yr deal and will go throughout from Cofidis.
A further rider who has been greatly joined to the team is Magnus Sheffield. The 19-12 months-previous not too long ago declared that he experienced still left Rally Cycling with speedy influence. He will compete in the U23 World Championships afterwards this month, though Gianni Moscon will depart the crew along with quite a few some others like Owain Doull, Leonardo Basso, Rohan Dennis, Michal Golas, and Cameron Wurth.
The workforce have previously announced that Luke Plapp and Ben Tulett will sign up for the workforce whole-time at the start off of 2022.