Six kids and a dad was the in-joke in the Ineos Grenadiers camp as they lined up for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday.
Ben Swift was the father figure, leading a group of riders who were all at least a decade his junior. The British champion’s 34 years of age skewed the overall average but it was still the most youthful in the race at 23.5.
The youngest of all, 19-year-old Magnus Sheffield , was only six when Swift turned professional back in 2009.
“Magnus is near enough closer to my kid than he is to me,” Swift joked when speaking to Cyclingnews after the race.
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At least the previous day he had some company, with 38-year-old Cameron Wurf also in the squad for Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
“Now we’ve got rid of him the average age has come down a lot,” Swift added.Along with Sheffield, there were two more neo-pros in Ben Turner (22) and Kim Heiduk (21), while Tom Pidcock (22) and Ethan Hayter (23) shared leadership but are still in the early years of their careers and development. The eldest of the Ineos ‘kids’ was Jhonatan Narvaez at the ripe old age of 24.These riders are considered the future of the British team’s Classics department.Ineos Grenadiers have perhaps had more spring success over the years than they’re given credit for, with a couple of Monuments and some wins on the cobbles, but […]