Team Ineos sporting director Nicolas Portal dies suddenly aged 40 after ‘suffering a heart attack’ at his home in Andorra
- Team Ineos sporting director Nicolas Portal has passed away at the age of 40
- The cycling team confirmed in a statement that Portal died suddenly on Tuesday
- Reports in Italy and France have claimed the Frenchman suffered a heart attack
- Portal helped oversee Chris Froome’s four Tour de France wins from 2013 to 2017
Nicolas Portal, the sporting director at cycling’s Team Ineos who guided Chris Froome to four Tour de France titles, has died, his team said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Frenchman was 40 years old.
‘It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our much loved team mate, colleague and friend Nico Portal who died suddenly this afternoon at his home in Andorra,’ the team said.
Team Ineos sporting director Nicolas Portal has tragically passed away at the age of 40
‘We are all overcome with grief at this terrible news and would ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.
‘RIP Nico — your spirit will always be with us on the road and you will forever be in our hearts.’
French sports daily L’Equipe and Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that he died of cardiac arrest.
Portal was a former rider who retired in 2010 after one season with Team Sky, having missed much of the previous year because of heart problems.
Portal (L) helped oversee Chris Froome’s (R) four Tour de France triumphs from 2013 to 2017
He was appointed sporting director at Team Sky, Team Ineos’s predecessor, in 2013 and helped Froome to win his first Tour de France title in the same year.
He helped to steer Froome to a further three titles as well as guiding Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal to Tour wins in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
As a rider, his best career result was a stage victory on the Criterium du Dauphine Libere in 2004.