British-based WorldTour squad Sky has all but finalised its roster for the 2012 season, and looks set to be one of the strongest teams on the top-tier race circuit.

With the addition of sprinter Mark Cavendish and the confirmation of Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins’ Grand Tour credentials, the 28-rider team has strength-in-depth for its third season on the road.

Sky ended up in second spot in the Union Cycliste Internationale’s 2011 WorldTour team ranking behind Omega Pharma-Lotto.

The number of British riders on the squad has been maintained at 10. Cavendish and Great Britain academy rider Luke Rowe take the place of out-going Brits Russell Downing (as yet unsigned) and Steve Cummings (to BMC).

Other riders set to leave the squad are Greg Henderson, Kurt-Asle Arevesen (retiring, but staying with Sky as directeur sportif), Kjell Carlstrom, Simon Gerrans, John-Lee Augustyn, Serge Pauwels, Dario Cioni and Morris Possoni.

Joining the squad with Cavendish and Rowe are Bernhard Eisel, Danny Pate, Kanstanstin Siutsou, Sergio Henao, Richie Porte and Salvatore Puccio.

Twenty riders either continue their existing contracts or have signed new contracts with Sky for 2012.

Team Sky 2012 line-up

Davide Appollonio (Ita)

Michael Barry (Can)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)

Mark Cavendish (GBr) – from HTC Highroad

Alex Dowsett (GBr)

Bernhard Eisel (Aut) – from HTC Highroad

Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa)

Chris Froome (GBr)

Mathew Hayman (Aus)

Sergio Henao (Col) – from Gobernacion de Antioquia

Jeremy Hunt (GBr)

Peter Kennaugh (GBr)

Christian Knees (Ger)

Thomas Lofkvist (Swe)

Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Nor)

Danny Pate (USA) – from HTC Highroad

Richie Porte (Aus) – from Saxo Bank-SunGard

Salvatore Puccio (Ita) – from Menfi-AG

Michael Rogers (Aus)

Luke Rowe (GBr) – from GB Academy

Kanstanstin Siutsou (Blr) – from HTC Highroad

Ian Stannard (GBr)

Chris Sutton (Aus)

Ben Swift (GBr)

Geraint Thomas (GBr)

Rigoberto Uran (Col)

Bradley Wiggins (GBr)

Xabier Zandio (Spa)

Leaving Team Sky

Kurt Asle-Arvesen (Nor) retired, takes role as Sky directeur sportif

John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) TBC

Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) TBC

Dario Cioni (Ita) TBC

Steve Cummings (GBr) to BMC Racing

Russell Downing (GBr) TBC

Simon Gerrans (Aus) to GreenEdge

Greg Henderson (NZ) to Lotto-Ridley

Serge Pauwels (Bel) to Omega Pharma-Quick Step

Morris Possoni (Ita) TBC

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  • Ken Evans

    10 of 28 GB.
    16 of 28 English speakers.

    It isn’t obvious who can win the spring classics,
    against Gilbert etc.

  • Pete

    Must admit I’m surprised to see EBH and Cav in the same lineup….. however you split them for the rest of the season they’ll both want to be in the TdF. Are Sky becoming the Man City of cycling perhaps?