2012 Tour Down Under - Sky Pro Cycling
Sky Pro Cycling opens their season in Australia with headliner Michael Rogers,
Geraint Thomas and Danny Pate in his Sky debut appearance...
Team Sky is the second team to announce their riders for the Tour down under. Race Director Mike Turtur said he welcomed the impressive Sky Pro
Cycling team line-up and expected to see great outcomes on the road.
"We are really excited about the inclusion of Edvald Boasson Hagen in the
team. He is the current Norwegian National Time Trial Champion for the fifth
year running and a two time Tour de France stage winner (2011 Tour de France,
Stage 6 and Stage 17). He is fiercely competitive, young and hungry for a win,"
Boasson Hagen's stage win at the Tour de France on Stage 6 made it the first
ever victory by a British registered professional cycling team in the Tour de
"Geraint Thomas and Alex Dowsett (current Britain National Time Trial
Champion) have both had strong 2011 seasons and we look forward to that form
continuing with their start to the 2012 season at our race."
Team Sky's line up for the Santos Tour Down Under is strong and highly
experienced with a strong British and Australian presence. The 2002 overall
Santos Tour Down Under winner, Michael Rogers is returning, along with fellow
Aussies Chris Sutton and Mathew Hayman.
Sutton performed well this year, finishing first on Stage 2 of the Vuelta a
Espaņa, first in the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, second on Stage 1 of the Jayco Bay
Classic and fourth on Stage 1 of the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under.
"We look forward to seeing Sutton's form continue and it is always good to see
Hayman racing at our event, a crowd favourite and one of the good guys of
Australian cycling - he always races hard.
"USA's Danny Pate makes his debut in the Sky black & blue jersey. Pate a
talented all rounder who has played the roll of domestique in the recent past is
also a talented climber. Pat won first overall in the King of the Mountains Competition at
the 2011 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, making him one to watch for the KODA
King of the Mountain points here," Turtur said.
Sky Pro Cycling's team for the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under will be led by Team
Manager, Sean Yates (GBR) and includes the following riders:
Team Sky Tour Down Under Squad
Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)
Geraint Thomas (GBR)
Christopher Sutton (AUS)
Alex Dowsett (GBR)
Michael Rogers (AUS)
Danny Pate (USA)
Mathew Hayman (AUS)
More rider and team announcements will be issued over the coming weeks. The 2012
Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia
from 15-22 January 2012.
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