Don’t adjust your television sets. You did see Ineos Grenadiers animating the action at the spring classics this weekend, and it wasn’t Michał Kwiatkowski making the moves.
Tom Pidcock and Jhonatan Narvaéz lit up the “opening weekend,” bringing Ineos boss Dave Brailsford’s vision of a new-style, attacking team from the mountains of the grand tours to the stones and street furniture of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.
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Narvaéz matched Mathieu van der Poel’s motor in a long-range raid in Kuurne before Pidcock took third place in the bunch sprint. Just 24 hours earlier, the 21-year-old Pidcock had thrown caution to the wind in his very first one-day race in the WorldTour, clattering his way through Omloop with a series of attacks and counters that proved he’s intimidated by nothing and no one.
The young duo’s swashbuckling antics this past weekend could mark a turning point for Ineos Grenadiers and its long one-dimensional classics challenge.