Tour of Britain winner Jonathan Tiernan-Locke and young talent Josh Edmondson will both make their debut for Team Sky at the Challenge Mallorca next week (February 3-6) alongside Bradley Wiggins.

Tiernan-Locke signed to Sky from Endura after a breakthrough season that saw him take a host of high-profile wins, culminating in winning the 2012 Tour of Britain. The Devon man also took overall wins in Tour of the Mediterranean, Tour du Haut Var and Tour Alsace, and led the UCI Europe Tour.

Edmondson was another star of the 2012 Tour of Britain. Riding for the Great Britain squad, Edmondson showed that he wasn’t fazed by the international presence by attacking on a couple of stages, notably stage six to Caerphilly Mountain.

Tiernan-Locke and Edmondson join eight other Sky riders in a pool of 10 to contest the four-day Challenge Mallorca event. Rather than a pure stage race, each day is a self-contained event – riders do not have to compete every day.

Sky has used Mallorca throughout the winter as a training base, so the event provides a low-stress warm-up for the early season.

Both Tiernan-Locke and Edmondson then head to the Tour of the Algarve, Portugal, over February 14-17 along with Ian Boswell, Sergio Henao, David Lopez, Danny Pate, Kanstantsin Siutsou and Rigoberto Uran.

Later in the season, Tiernan-Locke hopes to be part of Sky’s squad for the Vuelta a Espana, his first Grand Tour outing.

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  • Sam

    JTL’s not riding the Tour. He’s hoping for a first GT ride in the Vuelta. He rules himself out of being a future Tour winner, actually. He’s more of an Ardennes guy – short sharp punchy climbs rather than the long climbs of the Tour (or the Giro).

    Take a look at the Team Sky website for a webchat with him and Swifty last night, and you can read what the man himself has to say.

    (and the polka dot jersey will always come a poor 3rd behind yellow, and then green – at least to a team that can win yellow, like Sky)

  • Pee Bee

    Never mind “having suffered against the explosive climbing style of Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodriguez”, what if his own team mate and compatriot (assuming that he is selected for “Le Tour”) Jonathan Tiernan-Locke kicks in the mountains? Will Chris Frome be able to keep up with him? Will this create the same kind of press furore as we had last year when Frome apparently kicked against Sir Bradley (as his is now) or will Tiernan-Locke be given the freedom to do what he’s good at doing; namely explosive climbing as his did in the early season in Europe last year much to the surprise of both riders and French commentators? I hope team Sky will not stifle Tierman-Lcoke in their pursuit of le maillot jaune. Can Tiernan-Locke perhaps be a potential Roi des Montagnes? Sir Bradley or Frome in yellow, Cav in green (yes I know he’s changed teams before anyone points out he’s not in team Sky anymore) and Tiernan-Locke in the polka dot jersey. What about the white for a clean sweep? Any suggestions?