INEOS Grenadiers Team Principal admitted he's full of pride for the way the team rode at the Giro d'Italia.
Egan Bernal rose to the occasion, leading for 13 days, in addition to taking a pair of stage wins. Filippo Ganna also bookended the race perfectly with two time trial victories, with success in Milan making it a 50th Grand Tour stage win for the team.
Speaking after the finish Brailsford said: “I’m thrilled, absolutely delighted. I think the way race panned out, Egan obviously went aggressive to start with and the critical stage in Tuscany, where Filippo drove into the gravel, was just amazing.
“What I really liked about this victory, after the second rest day, it was all a question of ‘how strong is the team?’ Can you stay calm in your mind and strategise and really not get caught with that impulse to go with the opposition and measure your resources in order to win the race. They did that beautifully, I’m so proud of them.”
He added: “This is the 12th Grand Tour we’ve won now and in every single one there’s a moment where the winner always suffers and it’s how you manage that that’s important. If you respond too much to it, you go downhill, you have to stay calm in those moments like on stage 20. You know logically, when Caruso went that if they chased properly, kept together as a group and don’t act too hastily that they could manage the situation. But to do that as a young guy, when the guy in second is going up the road takes some real maturity and thanks to he guys like Castro and all those guys, they talk to them consistently and what i really like about this race is that Egan started it with a ‘bang’, but the team finished it off.
“It feels very much like a team victory which is just fantastic.”