We only have to wait until Thursday to see the nine riders Team Sky will be taking to this year’s Tour de France.

Barring any last-minute mishaps, it is clear that Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will spearhead their two pronged attack, but it is the seven other riders who could determine the chances of the team winning both the yellow and green jerseys.

Team Sky has a meticulous selection process, and each rider’s data is analysed closely to see exactly who has the form needed for the forthcoming race.

Wiggins is currently tapering for the Tour in Majorca, while Cavendish has been in Essex training with Rob Hayles. But what about the others?

Following on from Wiggins’s victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné, Chris Froome, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Richie Porte, Danny Pate and Christian Knees took part in a week-long training camp in France. They were based in the Alpine resort of Châtel, and they looked at stages seven, eight and nine (the 41.5km time trial) of the Tour.

Very few eyebrows will be raised if those five riders are selected. Porte and Froome have excelled in the climbs working for Wiggins already this year, Knees and Pate are two powerhouses and Boasson Hagen can competently do both.

Add in Cavendish’s loyal team-mate Bernie Eisel to the mix, that effectively only leaves one more space in the team.

Australian Mick Rogers is likely to be in contention, particularly after his second-place finish at the Dauphiné. He also finished fifth in Romandie having helped Wiggins there, too. Rogers has started seven Tours, finishing all but the 2007 edition.

Former HTC-Highroad rider Kanstantsin Siutsou is another option; he has notably ridden every race that Wiggins has ridden in 2012. Only Richie Porte can say that, too.

Spaniard Xabier Zandio started (and finished) both the Tour and Vuelta in 2011, and was also part of the race-winning team at Paris-Nice. He has finished 10 of the 11 Grand Tours he has started, and made it to Paris in every Tour de France he has competed in. Another powerhouse, he would probably bring more to the table for Cavendish.

Michael Barry and Thomas Lofkvist both completed the Tour de Suisse on Sunday yet, despite their experience, it would appear they will miss out.

We could be wrong, of course. But at least we will know the answers soon.

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  • Andrew Tegg

    Good balance in the Sky squad, Eisel and Boasson Hagan to support Cav but focus on GC and Wiggins, definatly the right way to go. 3 Brits in which is always good, with Froome an outstanding talent

  • Max

    Geraint Thomas won’t be in it; he’s in track preparation for the team pursuit in London. I think that Cav will be in on the off chance that he’ll be near the green jersey towards the end without too much effort. I don’t think it’s his priority. And I can’t see Sky compromising Wiggo’s chances for the yellow jersey. It’s now or never as the poet said. So the best that Cav will have as a dedicated lead train will be Eisel and EBH. With Froome, Pate and Knees ready to lend a hand.

  • Alastair

    Rigoberto Uran’s performance in the Giro marks him out as a really good man to help Porte shoulder the burden in the mountains. Geraint Thomas has committed himself to the UK Olympic effort.

  • Mike

    What no Geraint Thomas?

  • Sandy

    I would go with Froome, Porte, Knees, Pate, Boasson Hagen, Rogers, Eisel and of course Cav and Wiggo. Come on Sky!

  • kev

    I think there could be a big shock yet! No CAV in the team, it will be based around Wiggo and Froome to get the win, CAV will be saved for the olympics as thats the big goal for him this yar. i think it Brailsford at his best masking his tactics to the last minute!

  • James Dickens

    Rigoberto Uran anyone?

  • Chris

    It is a tough selection, Sky could rely on EBH leading out for Cav and after Stage 3 of Ster ZLM Toer he is showing he is pushing well. Think Cav will pull out during the Tour if he isn’t in Green or within touching distance of the Green Jersey, so having Bernie may not be useful in the final week of the tour.

  • Larivoire

    Agree with Sim.Siutsou will make it instead of Bernie.Danny Pate will do Bernie’s job.It will be the Dauphine 8 plus Cav.Lots of horsepower still in the lead out and Mick Rogers will add his experience and all round ability.No weak links in that team and potentially 3 teammates still with Wiggo at the top of each climb!

  • Sim

    Bold and shocking prediction: Bernie wont make the team – Cav’s climbing better than ever, and might not need the usual Bernie escort through the mountains to make the time cut, making it possible for Wiggo to have the full Dauphine squad