Team Sky announce squad for Il Lombardia

Wout Poels and Mikel Landa lead Team Sky at Il Lombardia as the British squad look for their second Monument win of the season

Team Sky, stage nine of the 2016 Vuelta a España
(Image credit: Watson)

Wout Poels and Mikel Landa will lead Team Sky in the year's final Monument at Il Lombardia on Saturday as the British team looks to add to its collection of Classics wins.

Poels will become the first rider since Eddy Merckx in 1972 to win both Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Lombardia in the same season, should he win this weekend, while Landa will be looking to finish his season on a high.

Riders will be expecting significantly warmer and drier weather than they experienced when Sky won their first Monument in Liège this spring and have named a host of climbing talent to support the leaders on the route from Como to Bergamo.

Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift are the two Brits in the lineup, with Nicolas Roche riding what could be his final race for Sky before joining BMC next season.

Leopold Konig, 12th in Milano-Torino on Wednesday, and Spain's Mikel Nieve add to the climbing firepower, while Vasil Kiryienka provides the diesel engine to power the Sky train.

Team Sky for Il Lombardia

Mikel Landa, Wout Poels, Peter Kennaugh, Leopold Konig, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Nieve, Nicolas Roche, Ben Swift

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.