Introducing Team Sky's new recruits ahead of the Tour de France (video)

The British WorldTour team have got in three new recruits ahead of the Tour de France

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Just days from the start of the biggest race in the WorldTour calendar and with a title to defend, you'd expect Team Sky to think better than alter their line-up.

But that's not the case. The team have brought in four new members, but they're all slightly familiar.

Introducing Mini Chris Froome, Mini Geraint Thomas and Mini Ian Stannard, plus a non-speaking appearance from Mini Dave Brailsford.

Froome is dedicated, Thomas just loves riding his bike, and Stannard is the tireless worker every team needs.

It looks like the Mini riders will be popping up throughout the three week Tour de France, so we look forward to seeing if Froome's sacrifice pays off.

The Mini Team Sky series can be viewed on the Sky Loves Cycling Facebook page (opens in new tab) and the Sky Loves Cycling YouTube channel (opens in new tab).

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Looking at the adult riders, Stannard appears to be a much leaner version of the rider who came third in Paris-Roubaix.

Arguably a necessary adjustment for the mountains of the Tour, but fingers crossed he's lost none of the power he'll need to shepherd Froome through the flatter stages and the expected crosswinds.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs