Team Sky's seven-man line-up for the Tour Down Under has hit the roads around Adelaide, South Australia, as they prepare for the squad's professional racing debut next week.
Russell Downing, Chris Froome, Mat Hayman, Greg Henderson, Chris Sutton, Ben Swift and Davide Viganò donned the team's black, blue and white kit and climbed aboard their Pinarello Dogma team bikes to warm-up for the TDU, which starts on Tuesday, January 19.
Sky is hoping to kick off its season with a bang during the six-stage race based entirely around Adelaide. Chris Sutton and Greg Henderson came first and second at the recent Jayco Bay Cycling Classic in Australia and must rank among the favourites for the race.
British sprinter Ben Swift and Tour of Ireland 2009 winner Russell Downing will be there in a supporting role, but also cannot be ruled out for individual stage wins if the opportunity arises.
After the TDU, Downing will be part of Sky's line-up for the Tour of Qatar (February 7-12).
The 2010 Tour Down Under starts on Tuesday, January 19, and runs until Sunday, January 24. The stage race is preceded by the one-day Cancer Council Classic criterium in Adelaide on Sunday, January 17.
Tour Down Under 2010: Preview
At the Team Sky launch: We have lift-off
Sky reveals early season line-ups
Cycling Weekly's rider profiles
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
Caleb Ewan pulls out of 'Giro from hell' as he switches focus to Tour de France
The Australian won't start stage 12 as he leaves the Giro empty-handed
By Ryan Dabbs • Published
Mark Cavendish wants to continue for 'at least' two more years
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl sprinter turns 37 this weekend
By Adam Becket • Published