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Sunday, October 31, 2021

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Bill & Carol McGann's book The Story of the Tour de France, Volume 1: 1903 - 1975 is available as an audiobook here.

Roger Hammond and Ben Williams join the INEOS Grenadiers

Here’s the team’s announcement:

Hammond has a long and distinguished career in professional cycling as a two-time British national champion and as a Sport Director in the WorldTour, most recently with Bahrain-Victorious.

2010 Paris-Roubaix

The best picture I have of Hammond, from the 2010 Paris Roubaix. Here Tom Boonen leads Roger Hammond. Sirotti photo

Hammond said: “I am very excited to be joining the INEOS Grenadiers. It is a great opportunity to be part of charting the next chapter for the team and I can’t wait to get started. The team is very open to change and to find new ways to innovate and improve. That is incredibly motivating and I hope I can play my part in developing an ever more integrated performance model that can help bring future success.”

INEOS Grenadiers Deputy Team Principal Rod Ellingworth said: “We are very pleased that Roger and Ben are joining us for the new season. They represent two very important appointments for the Team as we prepare for the next adventure.

“Roger brings significant cycling experience and deep-rooted knowledge of the sport which will be invaluable as our lead Sport Director. Ben brings a fresh perspective and we are keen for him to take a bit of time to stand back and observe how the team works before recommending how we can better integrate the different performance elements that are critical for future success.

“We are proud of what we have achieved but a new chapter obviously lies ahead for us. We know how tough the competition is but there is real drive and determination from everyone here to make 2022 a very memorable year. Roger and Ben have a big part to play in that.”

The Story of the Tour de France, Vol 1 book trailer video narrated by Bill McGann. Note, this trailer is for the first edition, which ended with the 1964 Tour. The currently available second edition takes the race to 1975.

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