Team Sky announces roster for Tour de France 2013
Team Sky Pro Cycling has selected and revealed its final line-up for the 100th edition of the Tour de France, which starts in Corsica on Saturday, June 29th.
Team Sky's Tour de France roster consists of riders from five different nations and leader Chris Froome is one of four British riders in the line-up.
Eight of the riders rode together in this year's Criterium du Dauphine Libere earlier this month. Froome won the race and teammate Richie Porte finished second. Kanstantin Siutsou is joining that line-up for the Tour de France.
The full Team Sky line-up for the 2013 Tour de France is:
Great Britain – age 28
He heads into the Tour as team leader, with a string of stage-race wins in 2013 at the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine. Previously on the podium in two Grand Tours; last year’s Tour de France and the 2011 Vuelta a Espana.
Australia – age 28
An integral part of Teams Sky’s successful Tour de France team in 2012, he is currently in his most impressive season to date. The Tasmanian climber captured his biggest win to date at Paris-Nice in February and was second at both Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Criterium du Dauphine.
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Norway – age 26
The Norwegian all-rounder has lined-up at each of Team Sky’s three Tour de France appearances – the only ever-present – winning two stages, including the team’s first Tour stage win in 2011. He can contest sprints and turn into a powerful climbing domestique.
Great Britain – age 24
He makes his Tour de France debut this year after impressing at the Tour du Dauphine joining. Born on the Isle of Man, he won Olympic Gold for Britain in the team pursuit at London 2012, alongside team-mate Geraint Thomas.
Belarus – age 31
New to Team Sky this year, the Belarusian has gained wide recognition for tireless stints on the front of the peloton and is a key asset on the climbs. He will mark his 32nd birthday on the eve of this year’s Grand Depart in Corsica.
Spain – age 32
Joined Team Sky this season and has played a key part in Chris Froome’s victories at the Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine. This will be his third Tour de France but his first in Team Sky colours. He brings invaluable experience and a relaxed demeanour.
Belarus – age 30
One of two Belarusians in the line-up, he brings both power and climbing prowess in equal measure. ‘Kosta’ has made four previous appearances in the Tour de France but his last, in 2012, ended early after he broke his leg in a first-week crash.
Great Britain – age 26
A second rider making his Tour debut, the 2012 British national road champion has earned legions of fans due to his unwavering work ethic and dedication to the cause. One of the most powerful men in the peloton, Stannard is a huge asset over three weeks.
Great Britain – age 27
After making his