Team Ineos: The pursuit of perfection


The dominant Team of the first ten days of the Tour de France victories Jumbo Visma with four Stage. The secret winner but once more, the British Ineos. The secret of your success: Every Detail counts.

Full throttle from the front: a Team Ineos takes the field on the 10. Stage edge to the Wind, and distant so some tracker

Emanuel Buchmann drips of sweat from the forehead. His look is tired. The rigors of the stage are clearly visible while he takes a drive on the roller in front of the team bus. “That was really hard,” says Emanuel Buchmann in the ARD Interview, referring to the run-or-break scene as a small box on the wind edge from the Rest could settle. “Because I was at the Limit. But I was at the front.” He smiles, finally, he has works featured by this action on rank five in the overall standings. To be at the right Moment the front of the is a gambling for Buchmann cognizable case. For Team Ineos, it is not a question of good luck or bad luck. To be in the front, for the driver of the British team as a matter of course.

As during the whole of the Tour de France professionals in Black to Wine red on the 10. Stage from Saint-Flour to Albi at the top of the race. Even if you don’t have the Yellow Jersey and the responsibility for the race. Even on a moderately challenging stage such as this. Even if there are still 37 kilometers to the finish. As the American Team of Education First opened in the case of side wind, surprisingly, a wind edge, one of the drivers dreaded race situation, the driver of Ineos, as the former Sky Team is named after a sponsor change now that. They see the opportunity and use them to drive with full throttle from the front. Also thanks to the support of the other Teams, great gaps tearing in the Wind quickly into the Peloton. Some of the co-favourites for the overall victory get left behind, lose up to target a lot of time.

In the end, with stage winner Wout van Aert for the fourth Time, the Jumbo-Visma-Team, cheers, for, Ineos will be only a marginal note. Because what actually counts: The double top with Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal approaches in the overall classification, almost on schedule, even before the first real mountain stages closer to the Yellow Jersey. With place two and three behind the leading Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (the ambitions on the tour, win answered in the negative), you have placed already now the Basis for a further, quite probable Tour victory.

A Bicycle chain for 6700 Euro

How is that possible? How can deliver a team in a sport that is subject to so many contingencies, such as weather, Wind, day, alliances, the diseases, defects, Falls, or tactical constellations, just as reliable successes? The answer is simple: they take care of every Detail, take it seriously and ask how you could improve it. This meticulous, scholarly, and ambitious pursuit of perfection, worthy of respect.

At the time of driving specially treated bike chains at Ineos used – unit price allegedly 6700 euros.

A few examples: Team Ineos worked before the Tour with the experts to a special coating on the Bicycle chain. This is a 10 Watt low power effort of the driver – something to decide in an individual time trial victory and defeat. The coating should cost around 6700 euros, and only for a few kilometers, but it brings a small advantage. Similar is true for the new time trial suit, he, too, is expected to save five to ten watts, says Carsten Jeppesen, head of technical innovation Team, Ineos, in an interview with Germany radio. Jeppesen was also the Tour with the lighter wheels, the German brand Lightweight. The are not one of the sponsors of the team, but the Teametat of around 40 million euros to makes such a game room. And a few grams of weight savings in the wheels, bring on the mountain quickly for a few seconds in the battle for Yellow.

Sleeping on their mattresses

“I think a lot of Teams light, in the meantime, all aspects of performance improvement,” said team boss David Brailsford at the tour start in Brussels on the question of the DW, such as Team-Ineos creates it, with the much-vaunted “Marginal Gains” (in English: the small-gain) ahead of the competition. “To have an advantage, you really have to work on all the Details.”

And the they do. As described in the case of bike and clothing, among other things, with Tests in the wind tunnel. In the diet and the Training, in which you can deal with Tim Kerrison, a coach of rowing and swimming sports brought new insights in the Radszene. When Cool down, so the regeneration-promoting Extend to the stages, which have now been taken over almost all the Teams. In the case of the obligation of the new driver, which should also be on the Basis of performance data selected. Yes, and even by bringing their own mattresses and pillows for a better sleep of your driver in the daily changing of the team hotels.

Sometimes “close to collapse”

Possible, but not proven is whether the Team Ineos optimized also in the field of drugs, well, every Detail. The rumors and suspicions are as old as the team itself. A number of so-called therapeutic use exemptions for prohibited substances are now known, to a non-conclusive drugs, said delivery to Bradley Wiggins, Doping investigation against the former rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke and Sergio Henao, and, not least, the strange Salbutamol-affair of Chris Froome – also cashed therefore the team in the last few years, booing and whistling at the Tour de France.

The suspicion is, therefore, become the constant companion of the team, rightly or wrongly, the may show only the time. But, ultimately, the Ineos professionals are all people, emphasizes Domestike Luke Rowe in the DW-Interview: “There are moments in which we are close to the collapse.” Close, but not more. Six of the last seven Tour editions won by this team. In 2014, a fall of Chris Froome prevented the unbroken dominance. This year you can even compensate for the: After the evil Crash by Froome at the Critérium du, the Team Dauphiné are still two candidates for Victory. And so, it seems, could all prevent a maximum of a team internal competition between Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas took seventh tour victory for the British Team. But probably you have considered at Ineos this Detail already.