British-based Team Sky has announced who it will be sending to a host of major races in the coming few weeks, including Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo and Ghent-Wevelgem.
The first race in March that the ProTour squad will take part in is the Tour of Murcia in Spain, starting on Wednesday (March 3).
Before that, the team will be contesting Saturday's Classics season opener, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 27) in Belgium.
Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen ranks as one of the favourites for the win in Het Nieuwsblad, after starting the season strongly in the Tours of Qatar and Oman. The Norwegian is also named in Sky's Ghent-Wevelgem squad, where he will be defending his 2009 win.
Bradley Wiggins continues his Tour de France build-up with appearances at the five-day Tour of Murcia (March 3-7) and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (March 22-28). Wiggins placed second in the Tour of Andalusia's individual time trial on Wednesday.
Wiggins is also slated to ride in the Giro d'Italia in May.
Tour of Murcia (March 3-7): John-Lee Augustyn, Russell Downing, Chris Froome, Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Nicolas Portal, Morris Possoni and Bradley Wiggins.
Strade Bianche Eroica (March 6): Michael Barry, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mathew Hayman, Peter Kennaugh, Thomas Löfkvist, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Davide Viganò.
Paris-Nice (March 7-14): Sylvain Calzati, Kjell Carlström, Dario Cioni, Steve Cummings, Simon Gerrans, Greg Henderson, Serge Pauwels and Geraint Thomas.
Tirreno-Adriatico (March 10-16): Michael Barry, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mathew Hayman, Thomas Löfkvist, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Davide Viganò.
Milan-San Remo (March 20): Michael Barry, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mathew Hayman, Thomas Löfkvist, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Geraint Thomas.
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (March 22-28): John-Lee Augustyn, Dario Cioni, Chris Froome, Peter Kennaugh, Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Nicolas Portal, Morris Possoni and Bradley Wiggins.
Dwars door Vlaanderen (March 24): Michael Barry, Russell Downing, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mathew Hayman, Greg Henderson, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Davide Viganò.
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke (March 27): Michael Barry, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton, Geraint Thomas and Davide Viganò.
Critérium International (March 27-28): Sylvain Calzati, Kjell Carlström, Steve Cummings, Russell Downing, Simon Gerrans, Thomas Löfkvist and Serge Pauwels.
Ghent-Wevelgem (March 28): Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mathew Hayman, Greg Henderson, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton, Geraint Thomas and Davide Viganò.
Het Nieuwsblad kicks off Classics season on Saturday
Wiggins second in Andalusia TT
Downing in Classics opener
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