Team Sky Presents Line-Up for 2012 Tour de France
Team Sky has revealed the team roster it has selected for this year's edition of pro road cycling's greatest race - the Tour de France.
I'll definitely try to take them, but I have a role in the team to fulfill and anything other than that will be a bonus. I'm really looking forward to riding the Tour. It's the biggest race of the year and we have entered a very strong team, so it's going to be great to be part of," Norwegian Boasson Hagen explained.
Commenting on the Sky team management's decision to direct most of the team's focus towards Wiggins in this year's Tour, Cavendish told Roadcycling.com "I know the push for the GC podium will make it more difficult for me to repeat the success I've enjoyed the last few years. But I'll compete and, as always, I'll dedicate myself to making it a successful Tour for Team Sky and, let's hope, for Britain."
2011 Vuelta a Espana runner up Chris Froome, Volta ao Algarve winner Richie Porte, and three-time World Time Trial champion Michael Rogers will be Wiggins' biggest allies on the most challenging Tour de France stages - as they have been in the team's Spring campaign.
Christian Knees and Kanstantsin Siutsou will function as wingmen for Wiggins during the flatter transportation sections of the race. Bernhard Eisel brings his invaluable experience to the squad and the team management expects his all-round capabilities to prove a huge asset to the team.
Team Sky Principal Director Dave Brailsford found it very hard to decide which nine riders to include in the team's Tour de France line-up. Brailsford is working hard to convince fans and members of the press of the team's ability to deliver powerful support for both Wiggins and Cavendish in the race.
"Deciding our final nine was a very tough challenge because we are blessed with a great depth of talent in our squad. We believe we have picked a strong and balanced team though, and one which can cater for any eventuality. Our priority this year is the General Classification with Bradley (Wiggins) but that doesn't mean we'll neglect the sprint stages, or Mark's bid for green jersey."
"This squad is truly world class with a proven pedigree of success. They have trained, raced and lived together since the start of the season and that has moulded them into a well-oiled, focused and close-knit team. They are all full of confidence after their recent run of results and it's going to be exciting to see how the race transpires," Brailsford explained.
While the team's chosen strategy may be helpful for Wiggins by transferring pressure and focus from Wiggins to Cavendish in beginning of the race, the team may also expend valuable energy on helping Cavendish in the sprints and end up disintegrated if Cavendish proves unsuccessful and overly challenged in the sprints and, therefore, tries to secure additional lead-out riders for the sprints.
An interesting 2012 Tour de France awaits!
Team Sky Roster for 2012 Tour de France:
Bradley Wiggins, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mark Cavendish, Michael Rogers, Chris Froome, Bernhard Eisel, Richie Porte, Kanstantsin Siutsou, and Christian Knees.
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