British professional cycling entered a new era this week (no, not Tony Gibb's haircut and the Plowman Craven team launch!!) when "Team Sky" was launched.
The principle being to take the winning formula of "Team GB", mainly on the track, and turn it into a road based squad capable of winning the Tour de France.
The national newspapers were mentioning names such as Steve Cummings and Bradley Wiggins coming in to lead the team, but Dave Brailsford (Team GB Performance Director) was a bit more coy mentioning the possibility of continental based pros being part of the roster.
I happen to think this is the right way of doing it. The nearest a British trade team (so not national squad) has come to Tour success was the ANC Halfords squad which had some experienced overseas riders within its ranks. How ever dominant we are in the velodromes, I don't think we could get beyond 5 names in creating a balanced squad to get results on the road to Paris...
It's not going to stop me having a stab though !
Team Leader - David Millar (Ambition- Top 20 GC, stage win)
Sprinter - Mark Cavendish (Ambition- stages, Green jersey)
Time Triallist/Rouleur - Bradley Wiggins (Ambition- Prologue, 1st Week Yellow Jersey)
Domestiques - Charly Wegelius (but his dubious history with British Cycling may keep him out), Steve Cummings.