Team Sky confirm Giro d’Italia team

Team Sky have named their nine-man Giro d’Italia line-up, with Sir Bradley Wiggins leading the team as expected.

The British-based outfit had said that the

Giro would be the Tour de France champion’s main target this season.

Wiggins said: “Alongside the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix, the Giro d’Italia is one of the biggest races in the world and one I’d love to win.

“I’ve watched the Giro since I was a kid and have seen my idols win it, which makes it even more special.”

Analysis



“Wiggins will be joined in Italy by two of his team-mates from the historic Tour de France triumph, Christian Knees and Kanstantsin Siutsou. His key support riders in the Giro’s crucial mountain stages will come from the powerful Colombian pair Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao, and new Italian signing Dario Cataldo.”

Italians Dario Cataldo and Salvatore Puccio, Colombians Sergio Henao and Rigoberto Uran, Germany’s Christian Knees, American Danny Pate, Belarusian Kanstantsin Siutsou and Spaniard Xabier Zandio make up the rest of the team.

Wiggins, seeking to become the first British rider to win the race, added: “It has always been a race that I’ve wanted to ride well in and I just can’t wait to get started.

“I believe the Giro team this year is just as strong as the Tour de France team last year and the results prove that everyone is ready to go.”

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “It’s well documented that the Giro has been a season goal for him [Wiggins].

“With that in mind, we want to get the best performance possible and try to win the race.

“We’ve got quality climbing support and some really big engines too. There’s also the team time trial to think about and we’ve got a very strong squad.”

The Giro, which starts in Naples, is the first Grand Tour of the season, running from 4-26 May, with

Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal the defending champion.

Wiggins, who last year became the

first Briton to win the Tour de France,

will

support team-mate Chris Froome

in this year’s Tour.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/22284782

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