Team Sky has added another three riders to its roster to make 22 out of a 25-man squad announced so far.

Sylvain Calzati, Nicolas Portal and Mathew Hayman join the new outfit for its 2010 campaign starting at the Tour  Down Under in Australia in January.

French newspaper L’Equipe wrote in early October that Calzati would be the making a move to Sky as sponsor Agritubel ended its backing of the 30-year-old’s team, but today’s press release is the first official announcement.

Calzati is joined by fellow Frenchman Nicholas Portal – a six-time Tour de France rider – from Caisse d’Epargne and Australian Mathew Hayman from Rabobank. Classics specialist Hayman has been with the Dutch squad since turning pro in 2000. He won the Commonwealth Games road race in 2006.

Dave Brailsford, team principal for Team Sky, said: “It’s a great pleasure for us to have Sylvain and Nicolas onboard as our first two French riders. They are both experienced pros with a lot of good results on their CVs and they are both really versatile, all-round riders. Mathew has made his mark at the Classics, is a great team player and a solid performer throughout the year.”

Sylvain Calzati
Age – 30
Previous team – Agritubel
Best results – winner, Tour de l’Avenir 2004
winner, stage 8, Tour de France 2006

Nicolas Portal

Age – 30
Previous Team – Caisse d’Epargne
Best results – 6th, stage 16, Tour de France 2008

Mathew Hayman

Age – 31
Previous team – Rabobank
Best results – gold, Commonwealth Games road race 2006

TEAM SKY 2010 SO FAR…
Of the 22 riders confirmed so far, Edvald Boasson Hagen is the stand-out star of Team Sky. Riding for Team Columbia in 2009, he bagged 13 wins, including Ghent-Wevelgem and a stage of the Giro d’Italia. Those results saw him ranked sixth in the UCI’s world calendar, with only Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde, Samuel Sanchez, Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans ahead of him.

But of the other 21 Team Sky has signed, Australian Simon Gerrans is the only other rider ranked in the top 50. His stage wins in the Giro and the Vuelta, plus excellent top ten positions in the three Ardennes Classics, Amstel Gold, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, saw him finish 25th. His former team, Cervélo, was not in the ProTour but gained entry to most of the big races.

Of the 22 riders to have been confirmed so far, 11 have been recruited from fellow ProTour teams, with 10 stepping up from the Pro Continental level. Peter Kennaugh, a product of British Cycling’s Academy, is the only new professional in the line-up.

Between them they grabbed 32 wins for their respective teams in 2009. If they’d all been riding for the same team this season, that team would have been the fourth most prolific pro team after Columbia, Saxo Bank and Serramenti Diquigiovanni, although a long way off Columbia’s tally of 85 victories.

Team Sky is set for its first get-together next Monday (November 23) and there are still three places up for grabs. According to the Italian press Davide Vigano and Dario Cioni are strongly rumoured to be two. The million-dollar question is whether Bradley Wiggins is to be the other.

RIDERS SIGNED FROM PROTOUR TEAMS
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
age 22 from Team Columbia
World Calendar ranking 2009: 6
Wins in 2009  13 – Ghent-Wevelgem, Giro d’Italia stage, Norwegian national championship time trial, two Tour of Poland stages, two ENECO Tour stages and overall, four Tour of Britain stages and overall

Thomas Lövkvist (Swe)
age 25 from Team Columbia
World Calendar ranking 2009: 54
Wins in 2009 1 – Saschen Tour stage

Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa)
age 32 from Rabobank
World Calendar ranking 2009: 58
Wins in 2009 0

Mat Hayman (Aus)
age 31 from Rabobank
World Calendar ranking 2009: 95
Wins in 2009 0

Greg Henderson (NZ)
age 33 from Team Columbia
World Calendar ranking 2009: 109
Wins in 2009 4 – Clasica de Almeria, Tour of Murcia stage, Tour of Catalonia stage, Vuelta a Espana stage

Chris Sutton (Aus)
age 25 from Garmin-Slipstream
World Calendar ranking 2009: 207
Wins in 2009  4 – Tour of Britain stage, three Jayco Herald Sun Tour stages

Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor)
age 34 from Saxo Bank
No World Calendar ranking points scored
Wins in 2009 1 – Norwegian national championship road race

Michael Barry (Can)
age 33 from Team Columbia
No World Calendar ranking points scored
Wins in 2009 0

Kjell Carlstrom (Fin)
age 33 from Liquigas
No World Calendar ranking points scored
Wins in 2009 0

Nicolas Portal (Fra)
age 30 from Caisse d’Epargne
No World Calendar ranking points scored
Wins in 2009 0

Morris Possoni (Ita)
age 25 from Team Columbia
No World Calendar ranking points scored
Wins in 2009 0

RIDERS SIGNED FROM PRO CONTINENTAL TEAMS
Simon Gerrans (Aus)
age 29 from Cervélo
World Calendar ranking 2009: 25
Wins in 2009 3 – Giro d’Italia stage, GP Plouay, Vuelta a Espana stage

Serge Pauwels (Bel)
age 26 from Cervélo
World Calendar ranking 2009: 178
Wins in 2009 0

Russell Downing (GB)
age 31 from CandiTV
Europe Tour ranking 2009: 50
Wins in 2009 2 – Tour of Ireland stage and overall

Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Nor)
age 25 from Joker-Bianchi
Europe Tour ranking 2009: 140
Wins in 2009 2 – Tour of Ireland stage, Tour of Normandy stage

Sylvain Calzati (Fra)
age 30 from Agritubel
Europe Tour ranking 2009: 214
Wins in 2009 0

Steve Cummings (GB)
age 28 from Barloworld
Europe Tour ranking 2009: 236
Wins in 2009 1 – Giro del Capo stage

Geraint Thomas (GB)
age 23 from Barloworld
Europe Tour ranking 2009: 427
Wins in 2009 0

Chris Froome (GB)
age 24 from Barloworld
Europe Tour ranking 2009: 533
Wins in 2009 1 – Giro del Capo stage

Ian Stannard (GB)
age 22 from ISD-Neri
Europe Tour ranking 2009: 803
Wins in 2009 0

John-Lee Augustyn (RSA)
age 23 from Barloworld
Europe Tour ranking 2009: 1,063
Wins in 2009 0

NEW PROFESSIONAL
Peter Kennaugh (GB)
age 20 from British Cycling academy
Europe Tour ranking 2009: 188

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  • Dodg

    I guess a good solid squad as long as they perform.
    Personally I would have liked a couple of more Brits and a current proven GC tours ride

    From 2010 onwards like most I would look for Wiggo and swifty to join with the number of Brits steadily increasing. Theres a number of good experienced domestiques in the current signings, but a couple of years down the road and their sell by dates will up.