Owain Doull: New EF Education-EasyPost team ‘like breath of fresh air’ after Ineos Grenadiers

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Owain Doull

Owain Doull will begin the Giro d’Italia feeling his new crew has been “like a breath of contemporary air” that has “rekindled that love of biking”.

He’s in Budapest the place the 2022 Giro begins on Friday, 6 Might and relishing the possibility to tackle his former crew.

“I am loving it, I’ve to say. It is very completely different to Ineos, however in a great way,” stated Doull.

He says the possibility to compete within the sport’s highest profile occasions such because the Giro and Tour de France have been important motivating elements for his transfer.

Doull, who gained a gold medal for Nice Britain within the crew pursuit on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, stated: “If I am being brutally trustworthy that was form of like the first purpose.

“I would been at Ineos for a good few years and I form of felt like I used to be attending to the stage the place I used to be banging my head in opposition to the wall a bit.

“Clearly they’re an unbelievable crew and one of many causes they’ve gained so many races is due to the calibre of riders there.

“However that is form of what it boiled all the way down to. I felt I used to be lacking out on alternatives and I used to be deserving of doing these races, however it simply wasn’t coming my method.

“I did not wish to cease my profession and never have carried out the Giro and the Tour [de France].

“I did not wish to have any regrets so yeah, lower than 12 months later I am in Budapest prepared to begin the Giro.”

Doull additionally says his enthusiasm for the game has been rejuvenated by “having these alternatives and being absolutely motivated to do the largest races and take my very own alternatives”.

As for the prospect of taking over Ineos, Doull admits their presence is at all times on the minds of rival groups.

“It is fascinating. A variety of the races are form of primarily dictated by how Ineos will race,” he stated.

“It is at all times an element going right into a race as a result of they’re one of many dominant groups and so they at all times subject a very good, robust crew for each single race they do, however no completely different if I am trustworthy.

“I feel it is good having an understanding of how they work and form of have an thought roughly of what they’ll do.

“But it surely hasn’t made an unlimited distinction – bike racing is bike racing on the finish of the day. It will possibly get over-complicated typically.”

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