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Team Sky Riders for June

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team sky riders june   Team Sky Riders for JuneThe list of riders for Team Sky that will be competing in June will not include Bradley Wiggins, the team’s Tour captain. Wiggins will be making his preparations for Tour de France same as 2009. His last race was the Giro d’Italia which he repeated this year.

The June races begins with the Tour of Luxembourg wherein Team Sky has Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Kjell Carlstrom, Juan Antonio Flecha, Simon Gerrans, Thomas Löfkvist, Serge Pauwels, Ian Stannard and Ben Swift as contenders.

Marcus Ljungqvist, winner of the 2002 Tour of Luxembourg and directeur sportif for Team Sky is hopeful over the line-up. “We have guys who are capable of riding a good prologue, and a good GC, so we will see what happens on Wednesday and then take things from there. It will be interesting to see how things go.”

On June 6 to 13, Team Sky will be sending John-Lee Augustyn, Sylvain Calzati, Russell…

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Boasson Hagen Prepares for Le Tour

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boasson hagen prepares for le tour 300x200   Boasson Hagen Prepares for Le TourTeam Sky’s 23 year-old Edvald Boasson Hagen endured a sudden downhill in his efforts and witness his spring campaign change its course. The culprit is an Achilles tendon injury which resulted to the cancellation of his participation in all races since Milan-San Remo.

For the past six weeks, Boasson Hagen’s tendon was in disarray. Currently, however, he is trying to make a comeback and is starting to train again in preparation for the July 3rd start of Tour de France in Rotterdam. “I should be able to do it, but I’m not promising anything.”

“He’s training very well now, but over the next two weeks he must work out 100 per cent”, said Scott Sunderland, Team Sky’s senior sports director.

The Norwegian’s first come backing plan is to participate at next week’s Tour de Picardie. However, reports from his recent trainings made him move his comeback at the end of May instead.


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Wiggins Won’t Be Riding in Catalunya

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A stomach infection will be forcing Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky to miss out on the action in the upcoming Tour of Catalunya this week. However, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford says that even though it is “unfortunate” that Wiggins will not be able to race in the Spanish event this week, his training for the 2010 Tour de France won’t be derailed by this unexpected interruption.

“We’re going to assess the situation quickly and adjust his (Wiggins) race programme so that nothing is jeopardized,” says Brailsford. The 29-year-old former Olympic cycling champion has been improving and performing better, getting strong results in his events including a 3rd overall finish at the Tour of Murcia last three weeks ago.

Brailsford expressed his confidence that Wiggins will be back in racing form soon and will be able to return to his race programme easily enough. He added that the team…

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Team Sky Goes on Time Trial Training

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Team Sky shows that they can multi-task with the best of them as Edvald Boasson Hagen wins the 3rd stage of the Tour of Oman while the rest of the team practices on their time trial equipment.

Team Sky sprinters Thomas Löfkvist, Michael Barry, Sylvain Calzati and Morris Possoni grabbed the chance to test their Pinarello TT bikes in Valencia, with team manager Dave Brailsford and director of operations Carsten Jeppesen in close supervision.

The riders must have been glad for the opportunity to put the TT bikes through their paces, as the opening time trial race in the Tour of Oman did not feature aero bikes. However, the team will get to ride the Pinarello machines in actual racing action at the upcoming Vuelta a Andalucia, which will begin this February 21.

Aside from testing out their TT bikes, Team Sky also did some training rides on the road in preparation…

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Boasson Hagen Wins 3rd Stage in Oman

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Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Sky maintains his spot as the overall leader in the Tour of Oman as he wins the third stage of the event last Tuesday.

Boasson Hagen finished in front of Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions), showing that he wasn’t planning on relinquishing his hold on the leader’s jersey anytime soon. The 22-year old star of Team Sky is currently in top form and looking to add to his 2009 accomplishments, which include victories at the Tour of Britain, Ghent-Wevelgem, and a stage win at the Giro d’Italia.

Team Sky did a good job of delivering Hagen to the finish, as they had to fight and pull back a four-man breakaway while nearing the final stretch. Teamwork and strategy did the job, as the Team Sky riders maintained their cool even as Gatis Smukulis (Ag2r), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil), Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) and Ben King…

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Sunderland Believes Hagen Can Win Qatar Final Stage

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Team Sky rider Edvald Boasson Hagen will come away with the win in the final stage of the Tour of Qatar, as team senior sports director Scott Sunderland believes. If Sunderland proves to be correct, the Norwegian star will then net his first season victory for 2010.

Hagen finished in third place in the fifth stage of the Qatar tour. Tom Boonen of Team Quick Step and Danilo Napolitano of Team Katusha got the first and second spots, respectively. Sunderland explained that Hagen’s third-place finish was a result of being “hemmed in” by the two other riders, thereby denying their rider to go out and grab the win.

Team Sky had to work hard to pull back the breakaways in the race and put Hagen in a position to win, and Sunderland credits them for their effort. “They did the job they had to do and Edvald almost…

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Chris Sutton Looking for Stage Wins in Oman Tour

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Chris Sutton of Team Sky wants more stage wins after getting one in the 2010 Tour Down Under, and he is looking to grab his share in the upcoming Tour of Oman next week.

The tour, which will start this February 14, will provide another opportunity for Sutton to show his skills and get some wins for his team. He’ll be one of the protected riders of Team Sky in the event, but Sutton says that he’s also ready and willing to do whatever is asked of him and play a supporting role for another sprinter on the team if he needs to.

Sutton’s confidence is apparently born out of a string of successes from the last several months. He had won a stage and grabbed the second place overall at the Tour of Britain, won three stages and also finished second at the Herald Sun Tour, and winning the…

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