• Dave Brailsford, Team Manager of Team INEOS (Velo)Source: Velo
Ineos Grenadiers' boss Dave Brailsford admits the team has failed to notice their rivals 'overtaking' them and it is time for a change.
SBS Cycling Central

Het Nieuwsblad
9 Oct 2020 - 12:30 PM  UPDATED 11 Oct 2020 - 2:31 PM

Even without the season's coronavirus disruptions, 2020 is a year Dave Brailsford is unlikely to write home about race peformance wise after both Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas bowed out of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia respectively. 

While Thomas exited the Giro earlier this week after an accident he had no control over and Bernal cited back injuries for his departure from his Tour de France defence, Brailsford admits the team has still failed to acknowledge their rivals are 'overtaking' them. 

The WorldTour juggernaut has dominated the men's pro cycling landscape, amassing seven Tour de France yellow jerseys in the trophy cupboard since 2012, plus success at the other Grand Tours. 

But Brailsford, team prinicipal from Ineos' first inception as Sky in 2010, admitted to Flemish news publication Het Nieuwsblad they've dropped the ball. 

"If you've found a way to win, then you stick with that way,” he told Het Nieuwsblad.

"The result: we continued to work with our heads down and we didn't notice that other teams were overtaking us."

"Only now do we realise that we have to keep questioning ourselves, that we have to keep reinventing ourselves."

"Now is the time to take a step back and think about the next five years. Where should we improve? We cannot afford to keep working the way we did. We have come to the point where we have to admit that other teams have passed us and that it is time for a different approach."

Unrelated to the proposed review, CEO Fran Millar is leaving Ineos Grenadiers after 11 years to take a CEO position at Belstaff, an adventure clothing company within team sponsor Ineos' business group. 

No doubt the team also must look to fill the gaps left by performance manager Rod Ellingworth's departure to Bahrain-McLaren and the tragic death of Nicolas Portal, the Frenchman not only a skillful tactician in the car but a highly valued friend and support to the riders and staff.  

In terms of rider personnel, the team has signed Tom Pidcock, Richie Porte, Laurens de Plus, Dani Martinez and Adam Yates to their 2021 roster. 

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