Team Sky Presents Line-Up for 2012 Tour de France

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06/22/2012| 0 comments
by Mark Watson
Team Sky Procycling has announced its 2012 Tour de France roster. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team Sky Procycling has announced its 2012 Tour de France roster. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Team Sky Presents Line-Up for 2012 Tour de France

Team Sky has revealed the team roster it has selected for this year's edition of pro road cycling's greatest race - the Tour de France.

Team Sky has revealed the team roster it has selected for this year's edition of pro road cycling's greatest race - the Tour de France.

The 2012 Tour de France starts in Liege, Belgium on June 30 and Team Sky will arrive in Liege highly focused on securing the overall Tour victory for Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins, who has delivered powerful performances throughout the Spring months.

Bradley Wiggins will lead the team after his consecutive victories at Paris-Nice, Tour of 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 (high resolution image attached).

Team Sky Captain Bradley Wiggins has five Tour de France appearances behind him and, if he has managed to remain on the high point of his form curve, goes into this year's Tour de France in the form of his life having secured consecutive victories at Paris-Nice, Tour of Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné this Spring.

"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," Wiggins told Roadcycling.com.

"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," Wiggins concluded.

Team Sky has also picked World Road Race Champion Mark Cavendish to be part of its Tour de France line-up. Cavendish rides his first Tour de France for Team Sky after moving from the now-dissolved Team HTC.

Cavendish has the honor of being the first Briton in 46 years to wear the fabled rainbow jersey in road cycling's biggest bike race. The Manxman, however, will have to balance his interest in defending the points classification title he secured in last year's Tour with his desire to win the Olympic road race in London later this summer. Cavendish' remarkable tally of twenty Tour de France stage victories has put him joint-sixth on the list of all-time Tour de France stage winners.

Because of Team Sky's dedication to helping Wiggins win the Tour de France 2012 the team has included only one lead-out man for Cavendish in its Tour roster. This is a new experience for the sometimes sensitive Cavendish who is used to seeing team management groups build whole Tour de France teams around him.

Edvald Boasson Hagen will be Cavendish's sole lead out man in the sprints, but he has also been told to offer his support to Wiggins when the Tour reaches the mountains. If the opportunity arises, Boasson Hagen is also highly capable of going for stage victories himself, as demonstrated in the 2011 edition when he sprinted to victory in Lisieux and then produced a triumphant and memorable solo attack as the race dropped into Pinerolo.

"If I get the opportunity to go for stage victories myself,

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