Retired professional cyclist Steve Cummings has joined the INEOS Grenadiers team as a development sport director and coach.
Cummings, who is from Clatterbridge, Wirral, retired at the end of 2019 but is rejoining the sport in 2021.
During his 15-year career, Cummings rode multiple Grand Tours, won two Tour de France stages and the Tour of Britain, and became British national champion in 2017.
His new role at INEOS Grenadiers will involve coaching and directing the likes of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, both former Tour de France winners, as well as the young British talents of Tom Pidcock and Ethan Hayter.
“It takes time to become a good sport director and coach,” Cummings said. “I’m working hard in the background and I’ve done a lot of theory work and now I need to connect that with the practical side.
“This year, success for me would be integration, continued learning and building trust and a rapport with team members.”
Since retiring, Cummings has been studying a sports business management degree which he hopes will be beneficial in his new role.
“When I stopped racing, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,” Cummings said. “I started studying because I felt like I needed a bit more in my life. I tried to do a few things but I missed that competitive edge and competition.”
Cummings joins INEOS Grenadiers as they aim to reclaim Tour de France victory and assert their Grand Tour prowess after the departure of four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, as well as nurturing the next generation of British talent.