Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe ride in support of Elia Viviani

Team Sky have announced the eight riders that will take part in Milan-San Remo on Saturday.

The strong line-up will be led by Elia Viviani, with two British riders making it into the final eight in Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard.

There are also two more Italians in the team in Gianni Moscon and Salvatore Puccio, two Poles in Michal Kwiatkowski and Lukasz Wisniowski, and one Dutchman in the team’s back-up sprinter Danny Van Poppel.

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Of those riders, Ian Stannard has the previous best result in the race, having finished sixth in 2013, while Moscon, Van Poppel, and Wisniowski will all be making their first appearance in the longest race of the year.

The line-up seems to offer Sky with a number of different options for the famously unpredictable race, such as long range attacks from Rowe, Stannard or Kwiatkowski, or sprint options with Viviani or Van Poppel.

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However the team are without an outstanding favourite, with the bookies putting Viviani as Sky’s most likely winner at 40/1, while Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) are the main favourites.

Team Sky Milan-San Remo line-up: Elia Viviani, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Danny Van Poppel, and Lukasz Wisniowski.