Taking a quick look at where the various elements that make up a team are supplied from shows how much of a globalised sport cycling is.

An analysis of the Team Sky set-up after it has been fully assembled reveals that key equipment has been supplied from seven different countries on three different continents.

If anywhere could be said to be the real focus of Sky’s preparations, it might be Italy – their helmets, drinks holders, seats, handlebars, jerseys and tyres are all made near either Venice or Milan.

Only the team’s cars, energy food and first aid are made
at home.

This international make-up extends as much to the personnel of the team as it does to their equipment.

Thirteen nations are represented among the list of Team Sky riders, and cycling teams will regularly outsource support staff who are local to where a race is taking place.

Corporate sponsor
NEWS CORP
HQ location: New York

Corporate sponsor
IG Markets
HQ location: London

Frames
PINARELLO
HQ location & factory: Treviso, Italy

Groupset
SHIMANO
HQ location: Osaka Factory: Eastern China (Various)

Wheels
SHIMANO DURA-ACE
HQ location: Osaka Factory: Malaysia

Tyres
VELOFLEX
HQ location & and factory: Bergamo

Handlebars
DEDA
HQ location & factory: Near Milan

Saddles
PROLOGO
HQ location & factory: Cavenago di Brianza, Milan

Bottle cages
ELITE
HQ location & factory: Fontaniva, near Venice

Pinarello Team Sky TT bike, Cycle Show 2010

Clothing
ADIDAS
HQ location: Herzogenaurach, Germany
Factory: Veneto

Helmets
KASK
HQ location & factory: Milan

Sunglasses
OAKLEY
HQ location & factory: Los Angeles

Energy drink
GATORADE
HQ location: Chicago Factory: Rugby

Energy food
CNP
HQ location & factory: Manchester

First aid
SYSTAGENIX
HQ location : Gatwick
Factory: Yorkshire

Training software
TRAINING PEAKS
HQ location & factory: Denver

Team cars
JAGUAR
HQ location: Coventry
Factory: East Midlands (various)

Coach
VOLVO
HQ location: Gothenberg

Coach interior
JS FRASER
HQ location & factory: Witney, Oxfordshire

Team Sky bus 2010

This article originally appeared in the March 17 2011 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine

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  • oldhedgey

    Well, its a long time since ‘Reg Rides a Raleigh’ was the clarion call for British cycle manufacturers. These days, I don’t imagine anyone gives a’Dai Bananas’ about what they ride, as long as the GB lads on the team actually win some races

  • Morgan

    I’m not sure I can see the point of this article. Surely all the teams are the same, in that they use components and equipment from all over the world.

  • Jock Mactaggart

    slow day?????

  • Dim

    Oh, and the likelehood that their pinarellos are actually made in Italy is slim. Most of their frames are made in Taiwan.

  • Dim

    You have newscorp as one sponsor. I was under the impression that BskyB, Sky italia and Newscorp were in fact Seperate sponsors (albiet bskyb is now owned by newscorp)