Geraint Thomas for Paris-Nice, while Michael Kwiatkowski rides Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico

Michal Kwiatkowski will lead Team Sky’s charge at Saturday’s Strade Bianche and Geraint Thomas is the team’s contender for Paris-Nice, starting on Sunday.

Thomas is the clear leader in Paris-Nice in France on Saturday, with the Welsh Volta ao Algarve winner in a strong position to finish on the podium in the eight-stage French race. He will be supported by a mixture of climbers and Classics riders, including Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Sergio Henao and Nicolas Roche. Ben Swift will provide an option for sprint wins.

Thomas finished fifth in Paris-Nice last year in support of overall winner Richie Porte. Now signed to BMC, Porte will be one of Thomas’s biggest rivals in the race along with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin).

Polish former world champion Kwiatkowski has not raced on the white roads of Strade Bianche since winning it in 2014. He leads a strong line-up that includes British riders Andy Fenn and national road race champion Peter Kennaugh.

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the 2014 Strade Bianche

Michal Kwiatkowski wins the 2014 Strade Bianche

Kwiatkowski will then be back in action for Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy on Wednesday, March 9, with Wout Poels and Leopold Konig giving the British WorldTour team some possibilities for a high overall result.

>>> 11 riders to watch at Paris-Nice

Strade Bianche, Italy, March 5
Andrew Fenn
Michal Golas
Peter Kennaugh
Christian Knees
Michal Kwiatkowski
Gianni Moscon
Lars Petter Nordhaug
Salvatore Puccio

Paris-Nice, France, March 6-13
Ian Boswell
Sergio Henao
Mikel Nieve
Nicolas Roche
Luke Rowe
Ian Stannard
Ben Swift
Geraint Thomas

Tirreno-Adriatico, Italy, March 9-15
Michal Golas
Peter Kennaugh
Vasil Kiryienka
Michal Kwiatkowski
Lars Petter Nordhaug
Wout Poels
Salvatore Puccio
Elia Viviani