Taking a quick look at where the various elements that make up a team are supplied from shows how much of a globalised sport cycling is.

An analysis of the Team Sky set-up after it has been fully assembled reveals that key equipment has been supplied from seven different countries on three different continents.

If anywhere could be said to be the real focus of Sky’s preparations, it might be Italy – their helmets, drinks holders, seats, handlebars, jerseys and tyres are all made near either Venice or Milan.

Only the team’s cars, energy food and first aid are made

at home.

This international make-up extends as much to the personnel of the team as it does to their equipment.

Thirteen nations are represented among the list of Team Sky riders, and cycling teams will regularly outsource support staff who are local to where a race is taking place.

Corporate sponsor

NEWS CORP

HQ location: New York

Corporate sponsor

IG Markets

HQ location: London

Frames

PINARELLO

HQ location & factory: Treviso, Italy

Groupset

SHIMANO

HQ location: Osaka Factory: Eastern China (Various)

Wheels

SHIMANO DURA-ACE

HQ location: Osaka Factory: Malaysia

Tyres

VELOFLEX

HQ location & and factory: Bergamo

Handlebars

DEDA

HQ location & factory: Near Milan

Saddles

PROLOGO

HQ location & factory: Cavenago di Brianza, Milan

Bottle cages

ELITE

HQ location & factory: Fontaniva, near Venice

Pinarello Team Sky TT bike, Cycle Show 2010

Clothing

ADIDAS

HQ location: Herzogenaurach, Germany

Factory: Veneto

Helmets

KASK

HQ location & factory: Milan

Sunglasses

OAKLEY

HQ location & factory: Los Angeles

Energy drink

GATORADE

HQ location: Chicago Factory: Rugby

Energy food

CNP

HQ location & factory: Manchester

First aid

SYSTAGENIX

HQ location : Gatwick

Factory: Yorkshire

Training software

TRAINING PEAKS

HQ location & factory: Denver

Team cars

JAGUAR

HQ location: Coventry

Factory: East Midlands (various)

Coach

VOLVO

HQ location: Gothenberg

Coach interior

JS FRASER

HQ location & factory: Witney, Oxfordshire

Team Sky bus 2010

This article originally appeared in the March 17 2011 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine

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