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Sky Pro Cycling
Team Sky after Cancer Council Helpline Classic 2010.jpg
Team information
UCI code SKY
Based  United Kingdom
Founded 2009
Discipline(s) Road
Status UCI ProTeam (2010-2013)[1]
Key personnel
General manager David Brailsford
Team Sky 2010 jersey.gif
Current season

Team Sky is a British professional road bicycle racing team that competes in international road bicycle races. The creation of the team was announced on 26 February 2009 and the team began competition in January 2010.

The team is managed by British Cycling performance director David Brailsford. The Sportive Management is in the hands of Australian Scott Sunderland. Marcus Ljungqvist , Sean Yates and Steven De Jongh joined the team as Directors Sportif.[2][3]

Team Sky will aim to “create the first British winner of the Tour de France, within five years.”[4]

The team will be based in Manchester,will have a logistics base in Belgium and have operational base in Quarrata, Italy.[5]

Contents

Sponsorship

BSkyB provided £30 million in sponsorship for the team and will back the team as name sponsor until the end of 2013.[5] Pinarello will supply bicycle frames and forks, the team appear set to ride the Dogma frame.[6]. On 5 January, Adidas were announced as the teams official apparel and accessories partner. [7] Also Gatorade, M&S,Oakley, and Jaguar have been named sponsors.

Team management

As of 28 October 2009:[8]

Position Name
General Manager David Brailsford  GBR
Performance Director Shane Sutton  AUS
Team Psychiatrist Dr. Steve Peters  GBR
Head Coach Rod Ellingworth  GBR
Operations Manager Carsten Jeppesen  DEN
Sportive Manager Scott Sunderland  AUS
Director Marcus Ljungqvist  SWE
Director Steven de Jongh  NED
Director Sean Yates  GBR

Riders

Team Sky's original intention was to build a 25 man-squad with a core of British riders [9] and to nurture the young talent in order to produce the first British Tour de France winner within 5 years.[10]

The first six riders confirmed were Geraint Thomas, Steve Cummings, Chris Froome, Russell Downing, Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh, all British riders.[11] The ambition to "ensure competitiveness" through other signings, including a number of foreign riders, was expressed.[5]

On September 10, 2009, a further ten riders were confirmed as set to ride for the team. These were Edvald Boasson Hagen, Thomas Löfkvist, Kurt Asle Arvesen, Simon Gerrans, Juan Antonio Flecha, Kjell Carlström, John-Lee Augustyn, Greg Henderson, Lars Petter Nordhaug, and Morris Possoni.[12] Further additions to the squad, including Chris Sutton and Bradley Wiggins from Garmin-Slipstream, and Ben Swift from Team Katusha were made before the beginning of the 2010 season.[13][14][15]

Team Sky at their first race, the Cancer Council Helpline Classic

2010 season

The team gained a victory in its first race, the Cancer Council Helpline Classic in Adelaide, a one-day race prior to the Tour Down Under, with Greg Henderson and Chris Sutton taking first and second respectively. [16]

Team Sky’s first ProTour event was the Tour Down Under in January 2010.[4] Team Sky is also expected to seek a place in the 2010 Tour de France and the 2010 Giro d'Italia.

In February 2010 the team got its first one day victory when Juan Antonio Flecha won the Belgian semi-classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with a solo break.[17] [18] [19]

Team roster

As of 4 January 2010

Rider Date of Birth
 Kurt Asle Arvesen (NOR) February 9, 1975 (1975-02-09) (age 35)
 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) August 10, 1986 (1986-08-10) (age 23)
 Michael Barry (CAN) December 18, 1975 (1975-12-18) (age 34)
 Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) May 17, 1987 (1987-05-17) (age 22)
 Sylvain Calzati (FRA) June 1, 1979 (1979-06-01) (age 30)
 Kjell Carlström (FIN) October 18, 1976 (1976-10-18) (age 33)
 Dario Cioni (ITA) December 2, 1974 (1974-12-02) (age 35)
 Steve Cummings (GBR) March 19, 1981 (1981-03-19) (age 28)
 Russell Downing (GBR) August 23, 1978 (1978-08-23) (age 31)
 Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP) September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17) (age 32)
 Chris Froome (GBR) May 20, 1985 (1985-05-20) (age 24)
Rider Date of Birth
 Simon Gerrans (AUS) May 16, 1980 (1980-05-16) (age 29)
 Matthew Hayman (AUS) April 20, 1978 (1978-04-20) (age 31)
 Greg Henderson (NZL) October 9, 1976 (1976-10-09) (age 33)
 Peter Kennaugh (GBR) June 15, 1989 (1989-06-15) (age 20)
 Thomas Löfkvist (SWE) April 4, 1984 (1984-04-04) (age 25)
 Lars Petter Nordhaug (NOR) May 14, 1984 (1984-05-14) (age 25)
 Serge Pauwels (BEL) November 21, 1983 (1983-11-21) (age 26)
 Nicolas Portal (FRA) April 23, 1979 (1979-04-23) (age 30)
 Morris Possoni (ITA) July 1, 1984 (1984-07-01) (age 25)
 Ian Stannard (GBR) May 25, 1987 (1987-05-25) (age 22)
 Chris Sutton (AUS) September 10, 1984 (1984-09-10) (age 25)
 Ben Swift (GBR) November 5, 1987 (1987-11-05) (age 22)
 Geraint Thomas (GBR) May 25, 1986 (1986-05-25) (age 23)
 Davide Viganò (ITA) June 12, 1984 (1984-06-12) (age 25)
 Bradley Wiggins (GBR) April 28, 1980 (1980-04-28) (age 29)

References

  1. ^ "Two events and two teams awarded UCI ProTour licences". Union Cycliste Internationale. 2009-09-18. Archived from the original on 2009-09-18. http://www.webcitation.org/5jslMMKqr. 
  2. ^ "Team SKY - Announces Scott Sunderland Director". Daily Peleton. http://www.dailypeloton.com/displayarticle.asp?pk=14261. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  3. ^ "Steven De Jongh joins Team Sky". Cyclingnews.com. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/steven-de-jongh-joins-team-sky. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Announcing Team Sky - A Professional British Road Cycling Team". BSkyB. 2009-02-26. http://corporate.sky.com/media/press_releases/2009/team_sky.htm. 
  5. ^ a b c William Fotheringham (2009-02-26). "Sky to sponsor British Tour de France team". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/feb/26/cycling-tour-de-france-mark-cavendish. 
  6. ^ Richard Tyler (2009-10-09). "Pinarello named as Team Sky bike sponsor". Cyclingnews.com. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/pinarello-named-as-team-sky-bike-sponsor. 
  7. ^ http://www.sportspromedia.com/deals/_a/adidas_unveils_apparel_partnership_with_team_sky/
  8. ^ "Team Sky – As it happens". Cycling Weekly. http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/322701/team-sky-as-it-happens.html. 
  9. ^ "Team Sky on target". Sky Sports. 2009-08-25. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,15264_5456077,00.html. 
  10. ^ "Sky to nurture young talent". Cyclingnews. 2009-12-31. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sky-to-nurture-young-talent. 
  11. ^ Alex Murray (2009-09-09). "Team Sky names the Brit pack". http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A56910756. 
  12. ^ "More stars for Team Sky". Sky Sports. 2009-09-10. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11979_5547881,00.html. 
  13. ^ Les Clarke (2009-10-23). "Sutton's Sky switch makes good sense". Cyclingnews.com. http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/suttons-sky-switch-makes-good-sense. 
  14. ^ Jonathan Turner (2009-12-10). "Wiggins signs for Team Sky". Sky Sports. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,15264_5762396,00.html. 
  15. ^ Shane Stokes (2010-01-04). "Swift set to move to Team Sky". CyclingNews. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/swift-set-to-move-to-team-sky. 
  16. ^ Team Sky make stunning race debut with one-two finish BBC, 10:49 GMT, Sunday, 17 January 2010
  17. ^ Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, last kilometers Sporza, Saturday, 27 February 2010
  18. ^ Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Interview Senior Sports Director Scott Sunderland and Juan Antonio Flecha Sporza, De Laatste Show, Monday 29 February 2010
  19. ^ Sunderland hails Flecha Sky Pro Cycling Team, Sunday 28 February 2010

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