Team Sky have annouced five British riders in their 2015 Tour de France squad, including Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe

Team Sky have annouced five British riders in their 2015 Tour de France squad, with Irishman Nicolas Roche named in the squad having not been on the ‘leaked’ longlist released last week.

Chris Froome is among the big four contenders for the overall title, alongside defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, Giro d’Italia winner Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana.

The 2013 Tour winner will have a great deal of help in the mountains, with plenty on domestiques on hand to guide him up the climbs.

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Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Peter Kennaugh and Luke Rowe are the other Brits in the squad, with Stannard and Kennaugh coming off a strong National Championships in Lincoln.

Leopold Konig and Richie Porte are set to start their second Grand Tour of the season, having competed in the Giro d’Italia in May.

Roche was left off the 11-man list accidentally published on the Team Sky website last week, but makes it into the Tour squad to support Froome over the course of the three weeks.

Team Sky squad for the Tour de France
Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte, Peter Kennaugh, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, Leopold Konig, Nicolas Roche, Wout Poels

The Cycling Weekly panel discuss the contenders for the 2015 Tour de France

  • reece46

    And that went well

  • dale

    Deignan must be thinking…. when?

  • Josh Tambini

    ANC Halfords 1987 also had 4 riders that were from Britain in their squad.

  • John Senior

    Hope they know something about Roche that I don’t. His performance so far hasn’t been great and I imagine that Nieve , Deignan and Nordaug would all have thought they had a shout given their recent form. I imagine Kerrison likes his numbers but it’s interesting to see he didn’t make the ‘leaked’ long list of 11. You can’t fault other selections. I just hope they have Thomas as Plan B and not Porte. He’s a class rider but attracts a bad day like a magnet.

  • Aurelio

    Nobody is talking about him and how he has a great team to support his attempt to win the Tour.

  • Edvid

    Don’t think there’s ever been 5 Brits in a single TdF squad before – possibly helped by Kiryienka wanting a break after his stint in the Giro. Good to see the British champion will feature as well.

  • Grigor

    Apparently none of them saw Quintana in the Route du Sud. Small guy sitting quite easily on Contador’s wheel. Do your research guys or employ people who actually follow the sport…