'When you smell blood, you've got to go for it': Team Sky prepare for aggressive Giro tactics at Tour of the Alps

Team treating each stage as if it was the Giro

Chris Froome at the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The third stage of the Tour of the Alps saw the sort of aggressive tactics that one might expect to see at the Giro d'Italia, and that's exactly why Team Sky chose this race as Chris Froome's final preparation for May's Grand Tour.

After Tuesday's stage finish to Alpe di Pampeago failed to prove decisive in the general classification, Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal predicted the sort of aggressive racing that the Tour of the Alps produced on stage three: perfect preparation for the Giro d'Italia.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.