Tour of Britain
Roster as at 1 December 2009:
The Team Sky riders announced to date are Geraint Thomas, Steve Cummings, Pete Kennaugh, Chris Froome, Ian Stannard, Russell Downing, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Thomas Löfkvist, Kurt Arvesen, Simon Gerrans, Juan Antonio Flecha, Kjell Carlstrom, John Lee Augustyn, Greg Henderson, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Morris Possoni, Michael Barry, Serge Pauwels, Chris Sutton, Sylvain Calzati, Nicolas Portal and Mathew Hayman.
- GERAINT THOMAS MBE: Born in Cardiff, the 23 year-old came through the British Cycling Academy and is a former winner of the Junior Paris Roubaix. Turned professional with Barloworld in 2007, becoming the youngest rider in that year’s Tour de France and the first Welshman to ride it for 40 years. Won Gold for Team Pursuit at Beijing Olympics.
- PETER KENNAUGH, Britain: Aged 20, and one of the most promising talents to emerge in several years, he turns professional with Team Sky. Peter progressed through the Academy to become the British Under-23 Champion and to dominate the Under-23 calendar in Italy, winning the Trofeo Bastianelli, GP Capadarco and a stage of the Baby Giro. Born on the Isle of Man and partners fellow Manxman Mark Cavendish in Madison on the track.
- STEVE CUMMINGS, Britain: The 28-year old from Birkenhead is in his fifth season as a professional, riding for Discovery with Lance Armstrong and then with Barloworld. The former Junior National Road champion has now taken three professional wins. A strong time-trial rider, he helped GB to Team Pursuit Gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Silver at the 2004 Olympics and the World Championship in 2005.
- CHRIS FROOME, Britain: Started in mountain biking in South Africa before moving onto the road, he is an outstanding climber with great potential to develop further. Turned pro in 2007 and is now in his third professional season. Currently with Barloworld, the 24-year old completed the Tour de France in 2008 and was seventh amongst the young riders at the 2009 Giro d’Italia.
- IAN STANNARD, Britain: Born in Chelmsford, the 22-year old made his professional road debut two years ago as a trainee with T-Mobile. He came 3rd in last year’s Tour of Britain - riding for the GB team and finishing one place behind Steve Cummings - and was selected to ride this year’s Giro d’Italia with the new ISD team.
- RUSSELL DOWNING, Britain: Winner of the 2009 Tour of Ireland and a former British National Road Champion in 2005. The 31-year old has ridden for Great Britain at the World Championship and, as one of the most successful ever domestic-based professionals, has a long history on the British road-racing scene. Currently rides for Pinarello.
- SYLVAIN CALZATI, France: - 30-year old Calzati was racing this season with Agritubel and got his breakthrough three years ago by winning the 8th stage of the 2006 Tour de France. Prior to that he won the prestigious Tour de L’Avenir in 2004.
- NICOLAS PORTAL, France: Portal has been with the Spanish team Caisse d’Epargne for the last four seasons and won his first pro victory at the 2004 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. The 30-year old Frenchman has participated in six editions of the Tour de France in his eight years as a pro.
- MATHEW HAYMAN, Australia: The Aussie rider finished his ninth season as a pro this year where he once again made his mark at the one day classics with a strong 4th place at Gent-Wevelgem. The 31-year old rider from New South Wales has been with Rabobank since he turned pro in 2000. In 2006, he was the Commonwealth Road Race Champion.
- Edvald BOASSEN HAGEN , Norway: An outstanding talent, just 22-years old, Edvald currently sits third overall in the UCI rankings, having won Eneco Tour and Gent Wevelgem along with a stage in this year’s Giro d’Italia. One of the brightest talents in pro cycling.
- Thomas LOVKVIST. Sweden: Currently with Columbia HTC, he turned pro with Francaise de Jeux in 2004. Has had a great season, wearing the Maglia Rosa in the Giro d’Italia and winning best young rider at Tirreno Adriatico. GC and Classics prospect and a very exciting addition to Team Sky.
- Kurt ARVESEN, Norway: Known as a sprinter and Classics rider, he has won stages of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. Current National Champion, former U-23 World Champions and a pro for 12 seasons, he is an elder statesman who will be a good mentor to younger riders. The 34-year old has been with Saxo Bank since 2004.
- Simon GERRANS, Australia: Currently with Cervelo Test Team. Has won stages of all three Grand Tours this year, including the Vuelta this week, and proved a superb team player. Turned pro with Ag2r in 2005 before moving to Credit Agricole in 2008 and winning the Tour Down Under.
- Juan Antonio FLECHA, Spain: A highly experienced pro with ten years experience and a stage win in the Tour de France. Known as a Classics specialist, has two podium finishes in Paris-Roubaix. Brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and will play a vital role with the younger riders.
- Kjell CARLSTROM, Finland: Aged 32, he has been with Liquigas for four seasons having turned pro with Amore e Vita in 2002. Rode the Tour, Vuelta and Giro with Liquigas and is a stage winner in Paris-Nice. A specialist climber, reliable in 3-week tours.
- John Lee AUGUSTYN, South Africa: At 23-years old he is a young developing talent with potential to be a great climber. Currently with Barloworld, he rode the Tour de France with them last year. Turned professional in 2005 with Konica Minolta.
- Greg HENDERSON, New Zealand: The 31-year old New Zealander will join from Columbia HTC. A former World Champion and Commonwealth medal-winner he has recorded nine victories in 2009 including a stage win at this year’s Vuelta a Espana.
- Lars PETTER NORDHAUG, Norway: Started his career as a mountain-biker before switching to the road and becoming National Champion of Norway. The 25-year old Bianchi pro was runner-up to Russell Downing in the 2009 Tour of Ireland.
- Morris POSSONI, Italy: The 25-year old has had four seasons as a professional; two with Lampre-Fondital and two with Columbia HTC. Wore the best young rider jersey during the 2008 Giro d’Italia.
- Davide VIGANO, Italy: Considered one of the bigger talents in Italy, having constantly produced results since he turned pro with Quickstep-Innergetic in 2005. The 25-year old sprinter has top-10 stage results in the Tour of Spain, the Tour of Italy and the Tour of Germany and this season finished 6th in Germany’s biggest one-day-race, Vattenfall Cyclassics.
- Dario CIONI,GB: The experienced 34-year old was born in Britain but has spent much of his life in Tuscany. He will enter his 12th pro season with Team Sky having been with Italian squad ISD, Silence-Lotto and Liquigas. A former national time trial champion he has top-5 finishes in the Tour of Italy, the Tour of Romandie and the Tour of Slovenia on his CV.
- Michael BARRY, Canada: Barry is one of the most experienced pros in the peloton and has ridden for some of the sports biggest and most successful teams, including US Postal Service alongside Lance Armstrong from 2002. The 33-year old Canadian has represented his country at both Commonwealth and Olympic level. Barry joins Team Sky from Team Columbia-HTC, he is also a journalist and a published author.
- Christopher SUTTON, Australia: Australian Sutton turned professional with Cofidis in 2005. The 25-year old sprinter won the opening stage of this year’s Tour of Britain and finished a very strong second overall. With many sprint victories to his name Chris’ has the talent and determination to become a genuine contender in Grand Tour sprint stages and an overall contender in week long stage races. Sutton joins Team Sky from Team Garmin-Slipstream.
- Serge PAUWELS, Belgium: The first Belgian on the team, Pauwels is a 25-year old talent who rode with both Rabobank's development team and Continental before turning Pro in 2006 with Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen He is a great all rounder with excellent climbing skills and demonstrated his class in 2007 winning the mountains competition in the Tour Down Under Serge comes to Team Sky from Cervelo Test Team where he came close to a major victory with a second place on the 15th stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia.
British Cycling - www.britishcycling.org.uk
Cicli Pinarello - www.pinarello.com
Union Cyclisme International www.uci.ch
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