Tour de France squad revealed

Strong team set to line up in Liege

Last updated: 21st June 2012

Team Sky have confirmed their squad for the 99th edition of the Tour de France, which commences in Liège on Saturday 30 June.

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Bradley Wiggins will lead the team after his consecutive victories at Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné, and will be joined by Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, Chris Froome, Christian Knees, Richie Porte, Michael Rogers and Kanstantsin Siutsou.

The 2012 edition will be Bradley Wiggins’ sixth Tour appearance and he goes into the event in the form of his life having clinched podium places in every single stage race he has completed over the last 12 months.

World Road Race Champion Mark Cavendish rides his first Tour de France for Team Sky and has the honour of being the first Briton in 46 years to wear the fabled rainbow road jersey in cycling’s biggest bike race. The Manxman is also looking to defend the points classification title he secured in last year’s event and is aiming to add to his remarkable tally of 20 Tour stage victories which have put him joint-sixth on the list of all-time stage winners.

Edvald Boasson Hagen will be Cavendish’s key lead out man and also offer support to Wiggins when the race hits the mountains. If the opportunity arises, Boasson Hagen is highly capable of going for stage victories himself, as demonstrated in 2011 when he sprinted to victory in Lisieux and then produced a triumphant solo attack as the race dropped into Pinerolo.

2011 Vuelta a España 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 testing stages while Christian Knees and Kanstantsin Siutsou will be his wingmen during the flatter sections of the race. Bernhard Eisel brings his invaluable experience to the squad and his all-round capabilities will prove a huge asset to the team.

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Team Principal Dave Brailsford said: “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 but that doesn’t mean we’ll neglect the sprint stages, or Mark’s bid for green jersey.

“Chris, Mick, and Richie are among our strongest climbers and will all be there to support Bradley in the mountains, but then we’ve got riders like Christian and Kosta who have strong engines on the flats, and versatile riders like Edvald and Bernhard who can support Mark in the sprints.

“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.”

Ready to go

Bradley Wiggins said: “I’m really proud to be part of such a strong unit going into the Tour de France. The team’s preparation has been perfectly managed and our form this season gives us a great chance of being successful.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I’ll do everything I can to win the Tour de France. Hopefully we can do the business for ourselves and our fans, and become the most successful British-based cycling team ever.”

Mark Cavendish said: "It's a dream to ride for a team that holds so much British interest and has a chance to win the yellow jersey.

“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.”

Edvald Boasson Hagen said: “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.

“Bradley is a fantastic leader and we all have faith in him to produce a really strong ride. It’s the same for Cav, he’s the best sprinter in the world and my role will be helping them both out as much as I can.

“If I get the opportunity to go for stage victories myself, I’ll definitely try to take them, but I have a role in the team to fulfil and anything other than that will be a bonus.”

User comments (36)

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Roger Yates says...

I consider that taking team sky´s attention to the smallest detail into consideration to produce a T:D:F:winner the inclusion of Cavendish and Eisel in the tour line-up to be a gross blunder, the Achilles heel so to say. As far as I can see the team need to protect Brad at all times basically without any additional considerations or distractions such as wasting precious energy leading out Cavendish. Other team managers and D.S´s must be very happy with Sky´s decision as for sure they all fear Brad.

Posted 14:18 22nd June 2012

John Williams says...

Not too many surprises and i'm glad to see GC is the main aim. We know Cav can win stages singlehandedly if needed so I think the balance is about right. Cant wait for the 30th now.

Posted 12:59 22nd June 2012

Terri Ward says...

Oh, but I am wishing you all the best of luck! I will be there routing for you on stage 3... though I'm sure I won't be alone!

Posted 12:47 22nd June 2012

Derek Rigsby says...

I think this is the best Sky team. I have ever seen. And I think they will win the Tour of France this time. And I hope they do win it.

Posted 11:52 22nd June 2012

Peter Simpson says...

Congratulations to all members of the team on your appointment and especially to our star from Kenya, Chris Froome.

Posted 08:25 22nd June 2012

Neil T says...

No place for Uran?

Posted 05:10 22nd June 2012

Janet Ferguson says...

No Uran?

Posted 00:34 22nd June 2012

Paul Wright says...

Can I come too?

Posted 21:58 21st June 2012

Dave Moore says...

You are inspirational to me and a whole load of UK cyclists. Just go and do your best and it will be great. GOOD LUCK.

Posted 20:45 21st June 2012

Andrew Harmsworth says...

What a fantastic squad - 30th June can't come around soon enough! Good luck, guys!

Posted 19:59 21st June 2012

Ruben Johansen says...

I think Nordhaug shoeld have one of this places... But hope for Vuellta, i think he shoeld be safe on a place there, and now he can focus on that.

Posted 19:52 21st June 2012

Ioan Davies says...

Good luck to you Wiggins, its going to be long and hard race. Frank Schleck and Cadel Evans are going to be up in the top 3, so its going to be really tough Good luck to you and team Sky. Also good luck to you Mr Cavendish you make sure you bring home the green jersey, We can not wait to watch this years tour, its going to be awesome.

Posted 19:44 21st June 2012

Noel Petty says...

Good luck guys and can't wait for the Le Tour to start. Euro 2012? A mere prologue for the main event!

Posted 18:48 21st June 2012

Joyce Robson says...

Why hasn't Uran been chosen for the Tour squad? He's performed well and been great to watch this year.

Posted 17:54 21st June 2012

Jf Cantin says...

How come Flecha is not part of the Tour de France Squad? I'm very disappointed about this.

Posted 17:46 21st June 2012

Chris Lea says...

what a superbly well balanced squad, i think Mark can go with two lead out riders, Mark's a team player through and through and will also support Bradley as Bradley has for Mark in the past. Chris Froome will be such an assest on the big climbs and the team have the depth to snuff out attacks from Cadel Evans. Good luck SKY

Posted 17:45 21st June 2012

John Waters says...

This is going to be a really exciting tour, with one of the strongest teams with both GC and sprint potential I can remember. Go Sky !!

Posted 16:56 21st June 2012

Ryan Mills says...

Flecha, Heinao & Uran miss out. A big mistake or a sign of the quality in this Sky squad?

Posted 16:14 21st June 2012

Gbenga Dairo says...

A great line up for the Tour. Good luck chaps

Posted 15:33 21st June 2012

Trevor Brooker says...

Although a mad motorcycle racing fan, I can't wait for the annual classics, the Giro, the Dauphine and the TdF! I haven't missed more than 2 or 3 days racing since 1998. Having my favourite saga, sorry the biggest race of any kind - unfold over 3 intense weeks, is a great spectacle; one complimented by the constantly entertaining and empirical, Eurosport coverage. This year's race will be made even more special with an in form Wiggins and Team Sky being genuine contenders for the Yellow Jersey, with Cavendish attempting to retain Green. However, the added spice of watching Cavendish go for the Olympic Road Race Gold just a week after the Tour and Bradely for the TT Gold a week after, means the nation will join me... on the edge of our seats! This is cycling Nirvana for us! So come on Team Sky! We are all behind you and wishing you a fabulous Tour de France! It's there for the taking, so pin your colours to your mast, tuck your ears back and go earn that victory for the team and all your fans!

Posted 15:04 21st June 2012

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