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
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.
HQ location: New York
HQ location: London
HQ location & factory: Treviso, Italy
HQ location: Osaka Factory: Eastern China (Various)
HQ location: Osaka Factory: Malaysia
HQ location & and factory: Bergamo
HQ location & factory: Near Milan
HQ location & factory: Cavenago di Brianza, Milan
HQ location & factory: Fontaniva, near Venice
HQ location: Herzogenaurach, Germany
HQ location & factory: Milan
HQ location & factory: Los Angeles
HQ location: Chicago Factory: Rugby
HQ location & factory: Manchester
HQ location : Gatwick
HQ location & factory: Denver
HQ location: Coventry
Factory: East Midlands (various)
HQ location: Gothenberg
HQ location & factory: Witney, Oxfordshire
This article originally appeared in the March 17 2011 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine