Retired British pro Steve Cummings joins Ineos Grenadiers as sports director 

‘When I stopped racing I didn’t really know what I wanted to do’ 

(Image credit: AMAC)

Retired British pro Steve Cummings has Ineos Grenadiers as a sports director. 

Cummings, a two-time Tour de France stage winner, previously raced for the British WorldTour squad in 2010-11 and said he knew he wanted to rejoin the outfit. 

The 39-year-old left the peloton at the end of the 2019 season after seeing out his last few years with Dimension Data, but returned to Ineos at the start of the year as a sports director and coach.

Cummings told Cycling News (opens in new tab):  “When I stopped racing I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I was on this journey of finding out and I was trying new things. I was trying TV and few other things and it just became more and more apparent that I loved cycling and that I missed the competition.” 

Cummings said he had been in conversation with former Ineos Grenadiers CEO Fran Millar, who left the team in 2020.

But team principal Sir Dave Brailsford then contacted Cummings to offer him a new role in the team, with Cummings helping to steer the team’s new aggressive and instinctive approach to racing. 

He said: “At times maybe the style of racing was robotic so it’s about being a bit less predictable so part of my role is to work with the group, to understand and figure out how we can make any adjustments or add that dimension to the already existing things that the team do so well.”

Cummings rode in the pro peloton for 15 seasons, picking up 17 career wins including two Tour stages, the overall at the 2016 Tour of Britain, and the British National Championships double in 2017. 

He is also a veteran of the biggest races in cycling, riding 13 Grand Tours and 25 Monuments during his career.

>>> Chris Froome says he’s ‘not 100 per cent sold on disc brakes’ as he reviews his new bike 

Cummings said: “I’m looking forward to getting back into the action and working with the riders and staff. It’s the start of a new journey. If you look at the team and you’re talking about selection, it’s definitely a team blessed with unbelievable talent. There’s a strong British contingent coming through with Ethan [Hayter] and Tom [Pidcock].

Thank you for reading 10 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. 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.