Stannard spent 10 years of his cycling career racing for the team and became renowned for his racing grit and success in some of cycling’s toughest races. This included winning back-to-back editions of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2014 and 2015 - the latter where he famously outraced two Etixx-Quickstep riders and won in an incredible two-up sprint.
Stannard honed his race savviness through many Classics seasons and as part of three of the team’s seven successful Tour de France campaigns. After retiring in 2020 Stannard joined Trinity Racing as Sport Director, working with some of the young talent who are now racing with the INEOS Grenadiers.
Stannard said: “It's very exciting to be coming back to the INEOS Grenadiers. I had two great years and a steep learning curve at Trinity Racing which I think puts me in a good place to be stepping into a DS role. I’m looking forward to taking on new challenges with the Team, which has some of the young riders I worked with at Trinity. It’s been great to see the way the Team is building for the future and that is something I’m looking forward to being part of. It will be fun to be back working with some of my old teammates as well.”
Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Team Principal said: “It felt like it would only be a matter of time before Ian came back to work with us again. He has a wealth of knowledge to pass on, especially when I think about our Spring Classics and Grand Tour teams. I’m looking forward to working with him and sharing time on the road with him again. If there’s anyone who embodies our ‘all in’ racing spirit, it’s Ian.”