Richie Porte will lead Team Sky at the Santos Tour Down Under later this month. The Australian ride has been training at home in Tasmania all winter and will once again target overall success in the first WorldTour race of the 2015 season.
Porte finished fourth last year, winning a memorable stage on Old Willunga Hill before beaten by Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge). After a difficult 2014 due to injury and illness Porte returns to action with a team that includes Commonwealth Games champion Geraint Thomas and British national title holder, Peter Kennaugh. The remainder of the squad is made up of Chris Sutton, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard.
“This race is one of the highlights of my season. The support we receive at the Tour Down Under is unbelievable,” Porte said in team press release. “I’ll never forget the atmosphere on Willunga Hill last year and the memories of winning that stage will stay with me forever. This year we have a really strong team heading into the race and we can’t wait to getting started.”
The Santos Tour Down Under runs from January 18-25 and Cyclingnews will have complete live coverage from every stage of the race.
Team Sky’s squad for the Tour Down Under: Pete Kennaugh, Richie Porte, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton, Geraint Thomas.