INEOS add Thymen Arensman's coach and Ian Stannard to staff

The INEOS Grenadiers have added to the strength of their backroom staff with the arrivals of Dajo Sanders to the coaching team and former Team Sky favourite Ian Stannard as the new Sport Director.

Stannard who rode 9 Grand Tours at the front of the Team Sky train and was a 2-time winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad whilst at the team, is excited to be returning to the setup. "I’m looking forward to taking on new challenges with the Team, which has some of the young riders I worked with at Trinity." The 35-year-old said. "It’s been great to see the way the Team is building for the future and that is something I’m looking forward to being part of. It will be fun to be back working with some of my old teammates as well.”

After retiring in 2020 due to problems with arthritis, Stannard has spent the last 2 years working for the British multi-discipline team Trinity Racing. These 2 years will be a valuable experience according to Stannard himself, "I had two great years and a steep learning curve at Trinity Racing which I think puts me in a good place to be stepping into a DS role."

Also joining INEOS is Dajo Sanders. Of the Dutchman, Grenadiers Deputy Team Principal Rod Ellingworth had this to say, "Dajo will be an invaluable addition to our coaching team. He is highly experienced and comes with a unique mix of academic knowledge, personal racing experience and practical coaching insights. While coaching at UCI World Tour level for the last four years, he has twice successfully coached a rider to the podium of a Grand Tour as well as multiple Grand Tour stage victories.”ar

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