Stage is set for Sky

As much as I hate to tempt fate, 2013 is already shaping up to be Sky’s best ever season.

Classics campaign aside, the boys in black (and blue) haven’t put a pedal wrong, with Chris Froome and Richie Porte sweeping all before them in stage races.

Well almost. There’s the small matter of Froome’s second place in Tirreno-Adriatico, but with victories in the Tour of Oman, Critérium International and now the Tour of Romandy, he’s already matched Bradley Wiggins’s pre-Tour de France success rate from last year.

With the Dauphiné still on Froome’s 2013 schedule, who’s going to bet against him matching Wiggins’s achievements of the last couple of seasons to make it a hat-trick for Brits in this prestigious French race?

In any other team Froome would be the undisputed Tour de France leader but on the eve of the Giro d’Italia there’s increasing speculation of Sir Bradley going for the double. He’s always said he’ll ride both, but will he really be going to the Tour to support Froome? Quite possibly not.

Racing wise, Wiggins has had a particularly quiet build-up to the Giro, an indication that he wants to save something back for the Tour and not ride as a glorified domestique. We’re heading for a big bust-up, but having two Brits going head-to-head for Tour glory isn’t a bad problem for UK fans.

This article was first published in the May 2 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!