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Italian cycling website Tuttobiciweb reports that Brailsford will take up a wider leadership role in the sporting department of the British chemical company. Ineos, owned by billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has been building an enormous sporting empire with interests in cycling, football, Formula One, and sailing. Ineos replaced the British broadcaster Sky as a lead sponsor of Brailsford’s team in 2019.

The 57-year-old has recently undergone treatment for a number of health problems, including prostate cancer and heart surgery. He previously stated that he would step away from the role of a team principal should he face further health issues.

Rod Ellingworth
Mark Cavendish and Rod Ellingworth chat at the start of the race in the Saudi Tour 2020. © Profimedia

Rod Ellingworth is the one who would take over as a team manager according to the report. Ellingworth returned to a senior role with Ineos Grenadiers after he spent one season as a team principal of Bahrain-McLaren. He is working mainly with young talents such as Tom Pidcock, Ethan Hayter and more. He was a founding member of the first British WorldTour cycling team, alongside Brailsford.

Ineos Grenadiers have been approached but not commented on the issue so far.