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By the looks of it Quickstep won't be able to get Cav for next season - that leaves Team Sky.

At the same time the BCF has stated that England will have a GC jersey winner by 2015 - probably Wiggins in Sky.

So with Cav at Sky who wants the Green jersey, and Wiggins who wants the yellow, I wonder how the team will be without compromising either?

Leader - Wiggins
Sprinter - Cavendish
Free Role- Boasson Hagen
Lead out - Thomas
Team mate- Froome
Team mate- Fletcha
Team mate- Uran
Team mate- Gerrans
Team mate- Lökvist

Good combination of climbers, all arounders, and lead outs?

I wonder when Sky will offer me a job...  39

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harvey1-8 [9 posts] 4 years ago
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I thought Gerrans was off to Green Edge next year?

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othello [359 posts] 4 years ago
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I see Stannard has gone to BMC too, which was a surprise.

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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Froome as just a team mate? The guy is more likely to take a GC than anybody else.

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Simon_MacMichael [2443 posts] 4 years ago
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othello wrote:

I see Stannard has gone to BMC too, which was a surprise.

Do you mean Steve Cummings? He's definitely signed for them, but I can't find anything on Stannard.

Mind you, given Max Sciandri's involvement at BMC it wouldn't be that huge a surprise someone who has come up through Olympic Academy going there...?

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othello [359 posts] 4 years ago
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Oops, my mistake. Yes Cummings not Stannard. Slap on the wrist for me.

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seabass89 [212 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeah.. Gerrans is off, forgot that..

There are a couple of HTC guys coming to Sky as well, forgot those actually

Danny Pate - thats a good guy to have..

Appearantly the TDF officals leaked the course for next year.. Looks good for Wiggins, Evans, and Contador!

Very bad fo the Schelck brothers

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stumps [3188 posts] 4 years ago
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Leader - Wiggins
Sprinter - Cavendish
Free Role- Boasson Hagen
Lead out - Thomas
Team mate- Froome
Team mate- Pate
Team mate- Uran
Team mate- Eisel
Team mate- Hayman

You've got Cav's lead out men, men who can go on their own and strong climbers to help out either Wiggins or Froome.

Thats if Cav and Eisel sign ?  39

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Don't forget Riche Porte too, I was sure I'd seen somewhere that he'd signed for Sky.

Also, I doubt Thomas will ride the TdF this year as he's concentrating on the Track events at the Olympics.

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andrew miners [46 posts] 4 years ago
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Let Froome fly in the mountains and watch the fireworks at next years tour.....  39

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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I reckon Froome will be given leadership for the Giro with a half decent team around him (plus the likes of Sutton for the sprints) and then, depending on how he's feeling, he may ride as super-domestique for Wiggins in the TdF.

Alot depends on the route and whether or not there's a TTT in the TdF. If there is I can't see Sky not taking the likes of Pate and Porte.

The TdF squad might also depend alot on who's riding with Cav at the Olympics. If Froome is going to be a big part of the Olympics squad they might not take him to the tour.

It's going to very hard as you can't fit Stannard, EBH, Fletcha, Xandio, Porte, Pate and Eisel in there with Cav, Wiggins and Froome. You need to drop two and if Sky have any real ambition of winning the race then it'll have to be Stannard as 'leadaout'. Either way getting the right balance is going to be really tough.

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Simon_MacMichael [2443 posts] 4 years ago
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I'll throw a couple of other names in to drheaton's list - Siustou (formerly Sivstov), who I reckon has to be a TDF climbing domestique for Wiggins, and Michael Rogers, assuming he's fit.

From Team Sky's point of view, it's a nice problem to have too many riders who can play a solid role in the TDF than too few.

Clearly there is going to be a lot of planning of riders' seasons, with a lot of discussions along the lines of, say, we'll support you to go for GC in the Tour of Califiornia but you'll be supporting Brad in the Tour (to pick one race/rider type combo at random).

One thing about the amount of racing and size of squads out there nowadays is that it's possible to do that.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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Ah, yes, I'd forgotten Siustou. You can make an arguement for not including any lead-out in the team and just going 6-3 for climbers-sprinters/breakaway/minders.

Wiggins
Froome
Siustou
Porte
Pate
Uran (who everyone seems to have forgotten and who had a great TdF this year)
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Eisel
Cavendish
EBH

EBH for breakaway wins and Cav for flat stages with potentially EBH, Porte, Pate and maybe Siustou acting as some form of leadout train. That leaves Eisel as minder and Froome, Uran and Siustou as the main domestiques.

What nobody else is really considering is who else in the Team Sky squad will be missing the tour to concentrate on Olympics duties? Will Porte and Pate be involved on the track/road along with EBH? Sky can't make them jeapordise their Olympics for the sake of the Tour if they're letting Thomas take the first half of the year 'off' while he prepares.