Team Sky today confirmed the eight riders who will support Chris Froome in his bid to become the 2013 Tour de France champion.

As expected, Froome’s wingman Richie Porte, along with Edvald Boasson Hagen and Briton Geraint Thomas have been selected to race. Two further British riders have also been selected: Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh, both of whom make their Tour debut.

One surprise omission is Austrian Bernhard Eisel, who would have taken part in his 10th Tour had he been selected.

Climbers David Lopez and Vasil Kiryienka will also line-up in black and blue on the start line in Corsica on June 29, while Belarusian Kantanstin Siutsou will provide the power at the front of the peloton.

Tour de France 2013: Team tracker >>

SKY TOUR DE FRANCE 2013 TEAM


Chris Froome



Age: 28 Nationality: British

Number of Tours completed: 2 out of 2

Best performance: Second overall and stage win, 2012

Wins in 2013: Overall and stage, Tour of Oman. Stage, Tirreno-Adriatico. Overall and stage, Critérium International. Overall and stage, Tour of Romandy. Overall and and stage, Critérium du Dauphiné 

Richie Porte



Age: 28 Nationality: Australian

Number of Tours completed: 2 out of 2

Best performance: 34th overall, 2012

Raced with Froome in 2013 at: Tour of Oman, Critérium International, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour of Romandy, Critérium du Dauphiné

Geraint Thomas



Age: 27 Nationality: British

Number of Tours completed: 3 out of 3

Best performance: 31st overall, 2011

Raced with Froome in 2013 at: Critérium du Dauphiné

Edvald Boasson Hagen



Age: 26 Nationality: Norwegian

Number of Tours completed: 3 out of 3

Best performance: 52nd overall and two stage wins, 2011

Raced with Froome in 2013 at: Critérium du Dauphiné

David Lopez



Age: 32 Nationality: Spanish

Number of Tours completed: 1 out of 2

Best performance: 48th overall, 2006

Raced with Froome in 2013 at: Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour of Romandy, Critérium du Dauphiné

Vasil Kiryienka



Age: 31 Nationality: Belarusian

Number of Tours completed: 2 out of 3

Best performance: 59th overall, 2010

Raced with Froome in 2013 at: Tour of Oman, Critérium International, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour of Romandy, Critérium du Dauphiné

Kanstantsin Siutsou



Age: 30 Nationality: Belarusian

Number of Tours completed: 3 out of 4

Best performance: 16th overall, 2008

Raced with Froome in 2013 at: Critérium International

Ian Stannard



Age:
26 Nationality: British

Number of Tours completed: N/A

Best performance: N/A

Raced with Froome in 2013 at: Critérium du Dauphiné

Peter Kennaugh



Age:
23 Nationality: British

Number of Tours completed: N/A

Best performance: N/A

Raced with Froome in 2013 at: Tour of Oman, Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of Romandy, Critérium du Dauphiné

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  • Gary

    A little disappointing to not see Eisel in there, his experience could have proved vital but still an excellent looking team that could well lead Froome to victory

  • Chris meads

    Think I would have squeezed Henao in there but great to see stannard and kennaugh getting picked. Good luck fellas!

  • JM

    Reading the start list one wonders if too much emphasis has been placed on the numbers of sports science (which admittedly has delivered results) over taking riders with established race nouse (Eisel) and, in the case of the Columbians Uran and Henao, climbing ability. Might make for an interesting race in the mountains given that they were preferring Froome to Wiggins because of his perceived better climbing ability. The problem for Sky is perhaps an embarrassment of riches. Riders who would be a shoe in on any other team are being left behind. In the same way that sportsmen in other sports want to win titles and move teams to do so, one wonders how those being left at home will react when their contracts come up for renewal.

    Hey Ho! Roll on Le Grand Depart and 3 weeks of excitement.

  • Ken Evans

    CW could have added another category in the rider profile: “Recent Form” (race performances etc)

  • Readers

    What no! Henao, Knees or Uran ???? Oh dear :(

  • Patricia D

    In my opinion, far too much over- reliance on Richie Porte in the mountains. They could have done with climbing specialists Uran or Henao as additional back-up. During the Dauphine Froome was left with just Porte for support in the final few kilometres of the climbs while Contador had two lieutenants. If anything happens to Porte, Froome will be isolated. Stuffed in fact. Brailsford are you reading this?