Team Sky "playing long game" at Giro d'Italia, says David Brailsford

General manager happy to keep team leader Richie Porte out of the pink jersey for now

Team Sky general manager Dave Brailsford before the 2015 Giro d'Italia (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Yesterday, as the peloton crested a small rise near to the spa town of Fiuggi in southern Italy, Team Sky rode to the front. It has been a rare sight in this year's Giro d'Italia where, mostly, it has been Tinkoff-Saxo dictating the pace.

It is all part of the plan, according to Sky. The team are aiming to win a third Grand Tour here in Italy, with Australian Richie Porte their leading contender. Porte dominated this year's early season stage races, winning in Paris-Nice, Catalunya and Trentino.

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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.