Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal will share leadership responsibilities at the Tour de France for Team Ineos.
The defending champion’s Tour team was always going to be a point of interest, especially considering the excellent form of Colombian Egan Bernal and the absence of Chris Froome due to serious injury. Of the two it’s been Bernal who has easily shown the better form this year.
33-year old Geraint Thomas finished third in the Tour de Romandie, but to date that has been the only podium he’s had all season. By contrast Egan Bernal at just 22 has won the Tour de Suisse and Paris-Nice, and finished third in Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. His power in the mountains has been frightening, and he can time trial well and in a manner that will certainly see him hold his own against his fellow GC challengers.
On form alone this should be the first time in Team Ineos’ (formerly Team Sky) history that a non-Brit has been their favoured rider for the general classification at the Tour de France. To Thomas’ advantage, however, is the fact that this will be his tenth Tour de France; with the experience gained over eight previous editions culminating in his successful Tour last year.
Regardless of who ultimately takes the lead of Team Ineos – something that should be decided in the early mountain stages, the team will be among the most dangerous against the clock in the team time trial in stage 2.
Team Ineos will be aided by time trial specialist Jonathan Castroviejo and Luke Rowe who will be prominent in the flatter stages, while Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Dylan van Baarle and Wout Poels will provide a scintillating line up for the tougher mountain stages.
The Team Ineos line up for the 2019 Tour de France is:
Dylan van Baarle