Team Sky takes a roster of new faces to Tour Down Under
Jan 08 2018 01:06 pm CET

Team Sky takes a roster of new faces to Tour Down Under
Team Sky takes a roster of new faces to Tour Down Under
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Team Sky will field a squad full of new talents for the Australian Tour Down Under. Three of the newcomers will make their debut with the British team.

Kristoffer Halvorsen and Chris Lawless will appear with the squad for the first time, as well as Egan Bernal, who will captain the General Classification aspirations at the Australian race.

Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Salvatore Puccio and Lukasz Wisniowski complete the roster for the race. The team will also take part in the pre-race People's Choice Classic Criterium.

"We’ll be gunning to try and take a stage win," said Sports Director Brett Lancaster. "We’ve got Kristoffer as our lead sprinter. His form is a bit unknown coming straight from Norway and stepping off the plane into temperatures of close to 40 degrees.

"Puccio is our road captain and the most experienced rider in the team. He’s been pro since 2012 but he’s only 28 years old, which tells you how young the team is."

Though Bernal has already taken part in big races, Sky is looking forward to seeing his talents at its service. "Egan has already raced in a lot of big races," Lancaster explained. "He’s no longer a neo-pro but he’s very young still. It’s going to be a really good chance to see where he is at, especially against the Australian riders who are in a home race and adapted already. We’ll see what happens come Willunga Hill and we’ll look to put him in a good position.

"It’s Willunga again where the race should be decided. Stage four has a good climb too but it’s similar to what we’ve seen in recent years. That Willunga day will be interesting for sure."
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