Elia Viviani, Team Sky 2015

Elia Viviani, Team Sky 2015

Nationality: Italian
Date of birth: February 7, 1989
Height: 178cm
Weight: 67kg
Team: Sky

Elia Viviani is the principal sprinter at Team Sky, which means he has the backing of one of the most sophisticated and best-funded organisations in the peloton — but also means that his stage win ambitions are often secondary to the team’s main aim of general classification victories.

Viviani began his pro career at Liquigas-Doimo, where he stayed as the team moved through its various guises to eventually become Cannondale, and signed for Team Sky in 2015.

His stage wins prior to his arrival at Sky include the Tour of Turkey, USA Pro Challenge, Tour of Beijing, Tour de San Luis, Critérium du Dauphiné and Tour of Britain. He has also won three European titles on the track, as well as a silver medal for Italy at the World Championships in 2011.

Viviani’s first year at Team Sky included his first Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d’Italia. He was also a top performer at the Tour of Britain, battling head-to-head with Andre Greipel to secure three stage wins during the race.