Ineos Grenadiers sign Porte, Pidcock, De Plus, and Martínez
The Ineos Grenadiers announced a wave of notable roster additions on Friday, unveiling four new signings at once.
Confirming various media reports linking each of them to the team over the past few weeks, Ineos announced that Richie Porte, Laurens De Plus, Tom Pidcock, and Daniel Martínez will join the squad next season.
A team press release characterized the additions as the “final signings to complete 2021 roster.”
Porte’s signing will mark a return to the organization for the 35-year-old Australian, who left team Sky to race for BMC in 2016 and has spent the past two seasons with Trek-Segafredo. Although he is coming off of his first career podium finish at the Tour de France, Porte is likely to spend at least a good portion of his time with Ineos in a support role.
“I’m motivated to be a part of more victories and to come back and race with some of the best guys in the world,” Porte said. “I know what my role is – I know I can still win races on my day, but I see myself slotting in as a climbing domestique and it’s something I really look forward to.”
Pidcock represents a major investment in the future for the squad. The versatile 21-year-old Briton has been among cycling’s top prospects for the past several years. His long list of promising results includes world titles in the time trial and in cyclocross as a junior, the under-23 world cyclocross title in 2019, a victory at last year’s under-23 Paris-Roubaix, a runner-up ride in the elite men’s race at the 2020 ‘cross World Championships, and a dominant win at this year’s Giro Ciclistico d’Italia.
“I just want to keep racing, learning and growing as a bike rider, and having the opportunity to do that in this team is amazing,” Pidcock said. “I feel like I’m ready for the WorldTour but also excited to keep exploring multiple disciplines with the support of this team behind me.”
Pidcock will officially join the team on March 1 of 2021.
Martínez is heading to Ineos amid what has been the strongest season of his young career. In his third season with the EF organization, the 24-year-old Colombian took the overall victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné and picked up his first career Tour de France stage win, among other results.
“I have been making progress over the last few seasons and have been really lucky with the support I have had, but the opportunity to ride for the Ineos Grenadiers was too good an opportunity to not take. I believe this is the right time to try and take my career to the next level and I am hugely motivated to learn from the best in the world,” Martínez said.
“I obviously know Egan and a few of the other guys in the team too so it will be nice to continue to ride with some compatriots.”
De Plus’s signing has been reported in various outlets since at least June. The 25-year-old Belgian is an up-and-coming all-rounder who proved to be a valuable domestique for Jumbo-Visma at last year’s Tour de France and the took the overall title at the BinckBank Tour.
“Last year’s Tour de France felt like a breakthrough for me and I just want to keep going on that trajectory,” De Plus said. “I am looking forward to learning from the best Grand Tour riders and developing over the next few years.”