Team Sky Caught Training

Cycling Weekly caught the new Sky Cycling Team out training together this week on their new Pinarello Dogmas (I'm still waiting for the phone call from Pinarello with all this publicity I'm giving them!!).

They were up around Saddleworth in the gorgeous British weather on Thursday, although Juan Antonio Flecha doesn't seem to bothered! By the looks of things they are still waiting for team kit to come through.

They will be moving to Quarrata in Tuscany soon, a purpose built training HQ, together with the academy riders. The project is being managed by Max Sciandri. I would recommend reading this article on the Guardian website by William Fotheringham about Quarrata.

The line up is now pretty much complete now and includes:
Kurt-Asle Arvesen (34)
John-Lee Augustyn (23)
Michael Barry (33)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (22)
Sylvain Calzati (30)
Kjell Carlstrom (33)
Dario Cioni (34)
Steve Cummings (28)
Russell Downing (31)
Juan Antonio Flecha (32)
Chris Froome (24)
Simon Gerrans (29)
Mat Hayman (31)
Greg Henderson (33)
Peter Kennaugh (20)
Thomas Lövkvist (25)
Lars-Petter Nordhaug (25)
Serge Pauwels (26)
Nicolas Portal (30)
Morris Possoni (25)
Ian Stannard (22)
Chris Sutton (25)
Geraint Thomas (23)
Davide Vigano (25)

There is still much debate over whether Bradley Wiggins will sign to Sky. It sounds as though he wants to, he recently mentioned that to win the Tour de France he needs to be playing for a team lik e Man United, but at the moment he is at Wigan. Garmin Slipstream are certain they won't let their big rider go until the end of his contract.

There is also concern over promising young rider Ben Swift. His former/current team Katusha are being funny over letting him go with 2 years left on his contract. They ordered him to a meeting last week in Italy to discuss this, which Ben didn't turn up to.

In better news, the Sky cycling team has now been awarded a UCI license which means they can now compete in all the big races and also Sean Yates has joined the team as Sports Director. Sean was manager at Team Discovery and Astana working with Lance Armstrong.

The line up is definitely one of the most exciting in the peloton. I personally can't wait to see Russell Downing, Chris Froome and Steve Cummings working together. Fingers crossed Ben Swift gets his move.

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