There will be no Movistar kit in 2024 for Carlos Rodríguez; he’s staying with Ineos Grenadiers. Although the Spaniard signed a letter of intent to ride with the team from his own country, he will remain with the outfit he’s been on since 2020. Since riding with Ineos, he’s had several impressive results: the 2022 Vuelta a España, a stage win at the 2023 Tour de France, and a fifth overall.
With Ineos Grenadiers until 2027
“We are thrilled to have Carlos extend his contract as a Grenadier until 2027. He has shown remarkable growth and dedication during his time with us, and it’s been really rewarding for us to play a part in that,” Rod Ellingworth, deputy team principal said. “He took the step up from junior to elite level racing with the team with rarely seen maturity, and has really impressed everyone here. We believe he will play a significant role in the team’s future over the coming years – he’s truly world class.”
Part of the family
Rodríguez said that he’s glad to stay with Ineos, erm, despite almost leaving for Movistar.
“This team has felt like family from the moment I joined. I’ve always felt at home with the people here, they really took me in and made me feel welcome and valued,” he said. “”Over the coming years I hope to keep growing, not only as a professional cyclist, but as a person as well, for me everything is about continually learning how to be better. In turn, I hope to achieve good results more frequently and to keep gaining ground on the best riders in the peloton. I think that’s why this is the best place for me to continue to grow and to achieve great results.’
Rodriguez said he was a fan of the team for years, when the likes of Brad Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas won the Tour.
“Since I was a boy I wanted to race the Tour de France; watching the race on TV I looked up to Team Sky hoping that one day I might be a part of this team,” he said. “It was so special this year to race the Tour, for the first time, with the team I had always dreamt of being with – I find it hard to describe just how incredible that felt.”