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Nicolas Portal, Ineos’ grand tour director sportif and a former professional racer, has died.
Portal was at his home in Andorra when he died, apparently of a heart attack. He was 40 years old.
Portal began his professional career with AG2R in 2001 and was a pro until 2010, ending his career with Team Sky. He then transitioned into a key part of Team Sky’s sport management team and was integral to the team’s grand tour dominance for the last decade. He was in the director’s seat for the Tour de France wins of Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, and Egan Bernal.
It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our much loved team mate, colleague and friend Nico Portal who died suddenly this afternoon at his home in Andorra.
— INEOS Grenadiers (@INEOSGrenadiers) March 3, 2020
My thoughts are with Nico’s wife and children tonight. He was the kindest, happiest guy I knew and always lived life to the fullest. Rest In Peace Nico pic.twitter.com/vfYF9slMQ3
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) March 3, 2020
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