Why isn't Ian Stannard in the Team Sky Tour de France squad?

The Briton was omitted from Sky's Tour line-up for the first time since 2014

Ian Stannard, Tour de Yorkshire 2017, stage one

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

After helping Chris Froome to his last three Tour de France wins, Team Sky's Ian Stannard will watch from the sidelines for 2017 edition after the team left him out of their nine-man squad.

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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.