Team Sky Reveals Line-Up for 2012 Giro d'Italia

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04/27/2012| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Team Sky has announced its Giro d'Italia roster. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team Sky has announced its Giro d'Italia roster. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Team Sky Reveals Line-Up for 2012 Giro d'Italia

Team Sky Procycling today revealed the team's roster for the first Grand Tour of the 2012 season - the Giro d'Italia which begins in eastern Denmark next Saturday May 5. The Sky team will be headed by World Champion Mark Cavendish who has had a disappointing season so far.

Team Sky Procycling today revealed the team's roster for the first Grand Tour of the 2012 season - the Giro d'Italia which begins in eastern Denmark next Saturday May 5. The Sky team will be headed by World Champion Mark Cavendish who has had a disappointing season so far.

It is the fourth time Cavendish takes part in the Giro d'Italia and some analysts view Cavendish's participation in this year's Giro as an attempt by the Sky team's management to ensure they get the World Champion into good lean shape before the start of this year's Tour de France.

Commenting on his expectations for the Giro d'Italia, Cavendish said "The Giro is one of my favorite races of the season and I'm very happy to be riding it. We've got a good squad to go and win stages. Geraint, Pete and Swifty have just come off the track so they should have that explosive power which will be important in the first week, and the rest of the team have all done well in the Classics. We want to win the team time trial as well and hopefully that will get us the pink jersey."

In addition to Cavendish, team Sky also sends experienced riders Juan Antonio Flecha of Spain and Austrian Bernhard Eisel who have both shown great performances in this year's Spring Classics. Both riders will be able to draw on their vast racing experience when there's a need to control the race and ensure the team as much success as it is having in the Tour de Romandie at the moment. Classics rider Ian Stannard of Great Britain has also been picked for Giro participation this year.

Sky has made the two young Colombian riders Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao part of its Giro d'Italia line-up and hopes they will be able to take advantage of their great climbing potential once the Giro reaches the steep Italian mountains.

The Sky team sends three track riders to the Giro. Geraint Thomas won the Tour de Romandie prologue earlier this month and Ben Swift and Peter Kennaugh both brought home Gold medals in the World Track Cycling Championships this year. In addition to doing their best in the prologue and time trials, these riders will work hard to set the pace for Cavendish in the sprint finishes and will also spend a lot of time at the front of the peloton working to reel breakaway groups back in.

"I'm really looking forward to the Giro, especially as I haven't ridden a great deal on the road this season. I took part in the race once before in 2008 and found it to be a lot less stressful than the Tour de France. The atmosphere is fantastic and Italy is a special country to ride in. Starting in Denmark should also be interesting and I will be motivated to ride a good prologue," Thomas commented.

Commenting on the Giro's start in Herning and Horsens, Denmark Ben Swift said "It's going to be a great experience starting in Denmark and there should be

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