Sky are the last team off today, and while neither Bradley Wiggins nor Chris Froome are in action today, the British squad boast a solid line-up with Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Sergio Henao and Alex Dowsett. Speaking to Cyclingnews ahead of the race, race coach Rod Ellingworth said the timing of the event meant that it was something of a voyage into the unknown.
"In an ideal world we’d have looked to do a lot more training for this but I just think that in this season, with the Tour and the Olympics it’s been hard to get any real depth of training but I don’t see why they can’t pull out a decent ride. You just don’t know on this course because it’s so hard and it’s not like a normal team time trial course," he said.
"The lads are going to have to look after each other but we just want to make sure they get the best out of themselves and I’m sure well have four finish together. The key is that they look out for each other and pace themselves on the climbs so well. They go up climbs and then it plateaus so they need to get the pace right. I don’t think that there’ll be any team that doesn’t make a mistake."