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Team Sky reveals line-up for Tour Down Under

José Been
December 12, 2013, 11:57,
December 12, 2013, 22:19
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, December 13, 2013
Santos Tour Down Under
Sky's Ian Stannard looked to have come in to contact with a chain ring, and had some abrasions on his right leg in a crash with 12km to go

Sky's Ian Stannard looked to have come in to contact with a chain ring, and had some abrasions on his right leg in a crash with 12km to go

  • Sky's Ian Stannard looked to have come in to contact with a chain ring, and had some abrasions on his right leg in a crash with 12km to go
  • CJ Sutton failed to make the final cut for Sky's Paris-Roubaix line up but still did reconnaissance
  • Prologue winner Geraint Thomas (Sky) dons the leader's jersey at the Tour de Romandie.
  • Richie Porte (Sky) satisfied with the team's work

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Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas captains of British team

Team Sky have revealed the line-up for the Tour Down Under. Richie Porte will be one of the two the team captains in the first World Tour race of the new season. "I want to go to Tour Down Under and perform," said Porte. "As an Aussie it’s the race to win." 

Porte will be joined by fellow Australian Chris Sutton, Austria's Bernie Eisel and Great Britain's Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe. Irishman Philip Deignan makes his Team Sky debut in the Tour Down Under. "Everyone is motivated: the Classics guys, Philip in his first race and also Richie. He's been out there in Adelaide and he knows the key stages. It's a strong group," sports director Kurt Asle Arvesen said.

Stannard, Rowe, Thomas, Sutton and Eisel were part of Team Sky in this year's Tour Down Under. Edvald Boasson Hagen won't return to Australia while Mathew Hayman defends the colors of Orica-Greenedge next year. Porte is one of the two newcomers in Team Sky's line-up. The Tasmanian hasn't raced the Tour Down Under since 2011 but is ambitious for next year's edition.

"t used to be a sprinter's race but now there are some good climbs in there like Corkscrew and Willunga. I've spent a bit of time in Adelaide so I know the climbs pretty well. I think if I'm in good form and we have a strong team there – if not me then through Geraint Thomas - we also have a really good chance. He was brilliant there last season so it should be an interesting race," Porte stated on the team's website.

Geraint Thomas returns to the race where he won the second stage from Mount Barker to Rostrevor this year, thus laying the foundations for a third place in the overall classification and winning the points jersey. 

Sports director Kurt Asle Arvesen sees opportunities for both Porte as Thomas. "We have a really strong team heading to the Tour Down Under. Both Geraint and Richie have a good chance of being up there.. It’s a nice course and it looks like there will be two key stages again like last year for the GC. We need to be on our toes. We learned our lessons last year that we need to get out there well before the race. That’s what we’re going to do this year. It's always a great way to start the season and we’ll be more than ready for the race," the Norwegian said.

The 16th Tour Down Under features a very strong line up with Cadel Evans returning after three years of absence and former winner Simon Gerrans and André Greipel at the start. This year's winner Tom Jelte Slagter won't defend his title. The new Garmin-Sharp recruit opts for a different build up of his season to be home to see his first child be born at the end of January. 


wheel chaser 11 months ago
Go Cadel!
dolores 11 months ago
Hope its a great event. The key to Adelaide is the vino.
dolores 11 months ago
Thats Dolores White. What was it 'vino'4ever ? :). Theres a gap in the market isnt there for the keys:)
ttta asa 11 months ago
1.TIago Machado 2. Cadel Evans 3. Richie Porte 4 Slagter 5.Geraint THomas IMO.
AydinR 11 months ago
slagter's not racing
Farcanal 11 months ago
Will be very interesting to see how that prediction performs. Good luck with that, I'll bookmark it
MickyC 11 months ago
Particularly with Slagter not racing.....
Pedal Pusher 11 months ago
Illustrates the cycling knowledge of some of the contributors to this forum
MultiplexSlut 11 months ago
What, no 'Sky are doping/boring/doping/evil/doping/cheating/doping' comments yet? Come on CN trolls, get your act together!