Team Sky launch photo gallery, by Andy Jones>>

It’s all systems go for Team Sky, as the British squad is officially unveiled to the press and public in central London today. Alongside the high-profile presentation, the team rosters for the first races have also been revealed.

The British team makes its highly-anticipated debut at the Tour Down Under, which kicks off with a city-centre criterium around Adelaide on 17 January.



Antipodean sprinters Greg Henderson and Chris Sutton will be keen to get the squad off to a winning start, while Brits Russell Downing and Ben Swift also feature in the line-up.

The squad’s European debut comes a fortnight later at the GP Cycliste la Marseillaise, before racing at the Etoile de Bessèges, where star turn Bradley Wiggins will make his 2010 debut.

Sky will also be heading to the Persian Gulf for the Tours of Qatar and Oman. Norwegian super-talent Edvald Boasson Hagen spearheads the team’s charge alongside fellow Classics heavyweight Juan Antonio Flecha.



With competition for a Tour de France place fierce, Team Sky will be particularly keen to show their talent in these desert stage races as they are managed by ASO, which is also responsible for cycling’s flagship race.

Following the Tour du Haut Var, Simon Gerrans and Thomas Löfkvist make their debuts – barring mishap, all 26 of Sky’s riders will do their first races in January or February – at the Ruta del Sol before attention turns to Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

Team Sky 2010 launch

Tour Down Under (17-24 January) roster: Russell Downing, Chris Froome, Mat Hayman, Greg Henderson, Chris Sutton, Ben Swift and Davide Viganò.

GP Cycliste la Marseillaise (31 January) roster: John-Lee Augustyn, Michael Barry, Sylvain Calzati, Steve Cummings, Peter Kennaugh, Nicolas Portal and Morris Possoni.

Etoile de Bessèges (3-7 February) roster: John-Lee Augustyn, Michael Barry, Sylvain Calzati, Steve Cummings, Peter Kennaugh, Nicolas Portal, Morris Possoni and Bradley Wiggins.

Tour of Qatar (7-12 February) roster: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Russell Downing, Juan Antonio
Flecha, Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas and Davide Viganò.

Tour of Oman (14-19 February) roster: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mat Hayman, Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Geraint Thomas.



Tour du Haut Var (20-21 February) roster: Michael Barry, Sylvain Calzati, Dario Cioni, Chris Froome, Peter Kennaugh, Morris Possoni, Ben Swift and Davide Viganò.

Vuelta a Andalucia/Ruta del Sol (21-25 February) roster: Kjell Carlström, Steve Cummings, Simon Gerrans, Greg Henderson, Thomas Löfkvist, Serge Pauwels, Nicolas Portal and Bradley Wiggins.



Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (27 February) roster: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Michael Barry, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mat Hayman, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Davide Viganò.



GP dell’Insubria-Lugano (27 February) roster:
John-Lee Augustyn, Sylvain Calzati, Dario Cioni, Chris Froome, Peter Kennaugh, Morris Possoni and Ben Swift.



Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (28 February) roster: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Michael Barry, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mat Hayman, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Davide Viganò.



GP di Lugano (28 February) roster:
John-Lee Augustyn, Sylvain Calzati, Dario Cioni, Chris Froome, Peter Kennaugh, Morris Possoni and Ben Swift.



Clasica de Almeria (28 February) roster: Kjell Carlström, Steve Cummings, Russell Downing, Simon Gerrans, Greg Henderson, Thomas Löfkvist, Serge Pauwels and Nicolas Portal.



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  • Lionel Birnie

    To answer Mr Evans’s comment, Team Sky’s early season schedule is nothing usual and will be no different to any other team of a similar size and with similar objectives.

    The only addition to the calendar is the Tour of Oman. All 26 riders are in action, and the Classics riders in particular will need racing before Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

    Several of the riders due to kick off at the Tour Down Under are already there and will race in the Middle East on their way back to Europe.

    I wouldn’t say they are over-stretched. Remember, the Tour de France place is not in the bag yet, so Sky need to hit the ground running, to a certain extent.

  • Ken Evans

    Over-stretch, and burn-out ?

    A lot of races early season, in many diferent places, with a lot of travelling.

    It is the bigger races later on that matter much more,
    like winning the yellow jersey, and the rainbow stripes.

  • Dave Marsh

    Can someone at Cycling Weekly please check their records from 1980 to see who was the first British owned team to win the Tour De France. Their rider who stood on the top step of the podium in Paris might not have been British, but the bike he rode to victory certainly was British. Built in Ilkeston at the Raleigh special developement cycle factory and designed by the legendary Gerald O’Donovan, who in my opinion was Britains answer to Italy’s Ernesto Colnago.

  • Dave North

    John – the team is registered in Britain and owned/financed by British Sky Broadcasting. It’s a British team irrespective of whether there are any non-British riders.

    Your argument is like saying Tesco isn’t British because someone who works on the till in the Wolverhampton branch was born in France.

  • Tony Kemp

    For a team owner with their own TV channels, I can’t understand the limited coverage on Sky News/Sky Sports News today. It all seemed to start well, with even helecopter coverage of the morning rides, but what happened to the team presentation at Millbank???

    The kit was interesting but …..BLACK SOCKS!!!!!!! …….yuk.

    Signed Noah.

  • John

    When are people going to get things correct, The Sky team is owned by an Australian and out of 25 riders there is only 7 whom are British, the other 18 are from all around the world, do you really think those 18 will be riding for Britain.

    It cannot be a British team unless it is owned, operated and ridden only by British people.