Vandals target Ineos Grenadiers team cars in Belgium 

The vehicles were damaged and the words ‘Ineos will fall’ were painted on the side

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Vandals have targeted a number of Ineos Grenadiers team vehicles in Belgium, in what is believed to be an environmental protest. 

The incident was reported on social media by a Flemish MP after the vehicles were damaged in Deinze, East Flanders,  where the British WorldTour team has a logistics base. 

Ineos Grenadiers has confirmed that six of their vehicles were vandalised, including a race car and a team bus, with the words “Ineos will fall” painted on the side. 

The damage is believed to be an protest linked to the Ineos Will Fall campaign group, which opposes the environmental impact of chemical company Ineos, which sponsors the cycling team. 

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The MP who reported the incident online, Annick De Ridder said: “In Deinze, vehicles of the Ineos cycling team yesterday were daubed with ‘Ineos will fall’. 

“This has nothing to do with democratic civilian protest anymore, but is sliding down to pure eco-terrorism! The fussing with such marginal figures and movements may therefore stop.”

She added: “It is striking that this new ‘action’ of Ineos Will Fall escaped larger media attention? Still seems relevant to me. I do assume that their next actions will no longer be presented as legitimate civil protest by the media.”

Ineos is one of the world's largest manufacturers of chemicals and oil products, including the production of solvents, biofuels, plastics, synthetic oils and insulation materials - last year’s announcement that Ineos would be sponsoring a cycling team, formerly Team Sky, was met with criticism from environmental campaigners.

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This year, the company has branched into the automotive industry by releasing its own 4x4 vehicle inspired by the Land Rover Defender. 

Cycling Weekly has contacted Ineos Grenadiers but the team said it would not be releasing a statement as the matter was now being dealt with by police. 

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.