Team Sky hoping change in training programme will pay off in Classics

British team swap racing miles for a high-altitude training camp with hope of improving Spring Classics results

Ian Stannard and Bernhard Eisel, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2014

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Team Sky enters the heart of its cobbled classics campaign without the benefits of a high-altitude training camp. The classics team "felt best" racing in March instead of repeating last year's experimental trip to Tenerife.

"The riders felt best with [not returning]," sports director, Servais Knaven told Cycling Weekly. "We talked about having an altitude camp but in the end, it was maybe too much with the racing calendar."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.