Team Ineos Grenadiers history is intricately woven with that of the Vuelta, a race where it has always had great line-ups, and has fought several seasons for a triumph in the general classification. Following its debut in 2010, as Team Sky, the British riders took their place among the protagonists in the Grand Tours with a previously unknown Chris Froome and his teammate, the Olympic and Track Cycling gold medallist, Bradley Wiggins. Both made it 1 and 2 on the final podium of that edition. In fact, La Vuelta 11 is the first Grand Tour that adorns the tally of the Kenyan-born British rider.
At that moment, a special relationship began between the Vuelta and Froome, a rider that has confessed on several occasions to having a particular preference for this race. The winner of the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Tour de France was once again on the podium of the Spanish Tour in 2014 and 2016. In 2017, he won La Roja again maintaining the lead from the 3rd stage right until the final stage. Froome thus obtained a historic double win, winning both the Tour and La Vuelta for the first time since the latter went on to be held after the Grande Boucle. This connection between the Nairobi-born rider and the Spanish tour will also be palpable this year, with Froome himself expressing his wish to complete his contract with Ineos by participating in La Vuelta 20.
- Final victories2
- Stages victories9
- Red jerseys29
- Other races Won3
Overall victories: 2
- 2011: Chris Froome
- 2017: Chris Froome
Stage victories: 9
- 2011: Chris Sutton, in Playas Orihuela and Peña Cabarga
- 2013: Vasil Kiryienka, in Peña Cabarga.
- 2015: Nicholas Roche, in Riaza.
- 2016: Team Sky (T.T.T.); Chris Froome, in Peña Cabarga and in Calp.
- 2017: Chris Froome, en Cumbre del Sol y Logroño.
Leader jersey: 29 days
- 2011: Chris Froome (1 day); Wiggins Bradley (4 days).
- 2016: Peter Kennaugh (1 day); Michal Kwiatkowski (1 day).
- 2017: Chris Froome (19 days).
- 2018: Michal Kwiatkowski (3 days).
Victories in secondary classifications: 3
- 2014: Chris Froome (most aggressive rider).
- 2017: Chris Froome (White and Green jersey)
4: Chris Froome’s La Vuelta podiums, with two victories in the general classification (2011 and 2017) and two second places (2014 and 2016).
August 28th, 2010: First participation of Team Sky in La Vuelta.
September 11th, 2011: Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins get a brilliant result for Team Sky finishing 1st and 2nd on the overall classification.
September 9th, 2017: Froome wins La Vuelta after climbing the Angliru, flanked by Wout Poels and crossing the finish line just after Alberto Contador.
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