Team SKY Announces First Rider Recruitments
Brits sign up for new professional British road team.
Sky will have a core of British riders, coaches and support staff and its British HQ is in Manchester, home to the GB cycling team. The initial squad of around 25 riders will be supported by a team of coaches, technicians and support staff drawn from across the cycling world, many of whom work throughout the year with British elite and developing riders. It will compete from the start of 2010 and hopes to gain an invitation to next year’s Tour de France.
“Today brings an important milestone. Team Sky is a major project for British sport; a British Professional Cycling team built to take on the Tour de France. We have a rider-centred philosophy so these are the people at its heart. It gives me huge satisfaction to announce these first riders. And as a British Team, I am proud that the first on our roster are British. They bring experience of the Tour de France, honours from the Olympics and World Championships, and exciting talent. We can help them continue to develop in this new environment and I know that they can help Team Sky take on the best on the road and win.”