When it comes to Pro Cycling Sky pretty much have it figured out. When Sky said they would have the first Brit to win the Tour de France they didn’t lie, as Bradley Wiggins road into history in 2012 with teammate Chris Froome right behind him. British Cycling has never seen success like it and Sky didn’t stop there. With 50 wins over the season Sky topped the UCI Team World rankings starting off with a win in the Tour Down Under followed by victory by Wiggins at Paris – Nice. So what will this year bring for Brailsford and his boys?
Sky bring a strong team to the land down under showing that they are serious about starting 2013 successfully. Edvald Boasson Hagen is one of the Pelotons best all-rounders and his ability to TTs, bunch sprints and in a breakaway makes him an excellent team captain for the tour. A race for Sky wouldn’t be good without the workhorse and Bernhard Eisel is known for his dedication to his captain as he unselfishly gives up his own opportunities of a win to ensure the man on the top gets to the line first. Of course you couldn’t ride in Australia without bringing your fellow countrymen with you, so Sky’s great rouleur Mathew Hayman and sprint talent Chris Sutton will also join the 7 man team alongside the young domestique Luke Rowe, British National Champion Ian Stannard and time trail specialist and all-rounder Geraint Thomas.
Will the 2013 Tour Down Under bring another Jayco Sprint jersey home for Team Sky or will their aspirations of a general classification win bring home the goods? With a team as good as these magnificent seven it will be a race worth watching.