Bradley Wiggins to miss Challenge Mallorca

New signings Viviani, Fenn and König all set to make first appearances for British team at the event

Bradley Wiggins before the start of Stage 2 of the 2014 Tirreno Adriatico
(Image credit: Watson)

Bradley Wiggins will not start his season at the Challenge Mallorca this week as intially thought, as Team Sky announces its full line-up for the set of one day races.

Wiggins, who was listed on the Challenge Mallorca website (opens in new tab) as part of the Sky squad, now looks to be starting his season at the Tour of Qatar on February 8.

This is the 34-year-old's final stint with Team Sky, as he looks to claim victory at Paris-Roubaix before focusing on the Hour Record and a return to the track at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Three of Sky's new signings will ride at Mallorca however, with Andy Fenn, Elia Viviani and Leopold König all set to ride at least two of the one day races from the four day event.

Britain's Ben Swift will also begin his season on the Spanish island, as he targets early season success at Milan-San Remo with the 2015 Road World Championships his other key target for the season.

Team Sky line-up for Challenge Mallorca:


Ian Boswell, Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, Christian Knees, Danny Pate, Ben Swift, Elia Viviani, Xabier Zandio


Ian Boswell, Phil Deignan, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Leopold Konig, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Ben Swift, Xabier Zandio

TROFEO MURO, January 31

Ian Boswell, Phil Deignan, Bernhard Eisel, Vasil Kiryienka, Leopold Konig, Danny Pate, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Xabier Zandio

TROFEO PALMA, February 1

Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Danny Pate, Ben Swift, Elia Viviani, Xabier Zandio

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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