Eddie Dunbar part of ‘new generation’ Team Ineos line-up for France

Posted on: June 17th, 2019

Eddie Dunbar of Team Ineos is getting back into racing action after the Giro d’Italia at La Route d’Occitanie in France.

Eddie Dunbar is getting ready to get back into racing action with Team Ineos at La Route d’Occitanie, formerly Route du Sud.

The race in France is a four-stage event, getting underway on Thursday and concluding on Sunday.

An Irish rider won the race last five years ago; Nicolas Roche claiming a stage and outright victory in 2014 when riding for Tinoff-Saxo.

It will be Eddie Dunbar’s first race since completing the Giro d’Italia, where he claimed 3rd on stage 12 and was 22nd overall.

Eddie Dunbar (22) will relish the terrain ahead, with the race immediately getting into some climbs on the opening stage.

Sivakov is in the team for France and Irish fans will be watching closely to see how the Team Ineos pecking order arranges itself over the four stages in France

Stage 1 in France takes the riders some 175.5km from Gignac-Vallée de l’Hérault to Saint-Geniez-d’Olt-et-d’Aubrac.

There are several small climbs including a 4km ramp at 8.3 per cent to the finish line.

The following day brings a flatter route more suited to the sprinters. For stage 3 on Saturday the racing goes back into the hills.

The 173km from Arreau to Luchon-Hospice de France features a cat 2, cat 3 and three cat 1 climbs, the final one 10.9km at 6.8 per cent to the finish line.

Next Sunday the race concludes with a lumpy 154.8m circuit race littered with short sharp climbs into Clermont-Pouyguillès; another course that Eddie Dunbar should be suited to.

Having ridden the Giro and excelled, looking especially strong on the final days in the mountains, it will be interesting to see how Dunbar gets on for the remainder of the season.

He goes into this race as part of a very strong “new generation” Team Ineos line-up.

It includes Pavel Sivakov (21) who was 9th overall in the Giro and held the young rider classification jersey for much of the race.

Ivan Sosa (21) is also in the line-up for France as is Tour de Yorkshire overall winner Chris Lawless (23).

The team is completed by Michal Golas, Christian Knees and Sebastian Henao.

Team Ineos, then Team Sky, placed 3rd overall last year and in 2017 with Kenny Elissonde.