Team Sky has confirmed its squad for the 99th edition of the Giro d’Italia, which starts in Apeldoorn, Holland on Friday and concludes in Turin on Sunday 29 May.
Team Sky’s bid for the pink jersey will be led by Mikel Landa, with Ian Boswell, Philip Deignan, Sebastian Henao, Christian Knees, David Lopez, Nicolas Roche, Mikel Nieve and home favourite Elia Viviani joining him in the nine-man squad.
Mikel Landa said: “The Giro d’Italia is my first big goal of the season and I’m proud to go there as leader of Team Sky. I feel like I’m coming into really good form and I’m confident I can perform well.
“As usual the Giro will be a really tough race but we have a strong team and we’re ready for it”
Reflecting on the season so far ahead of the Giro d’Italia, Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford, said:
“This has been our best ever start to the year. We have really demonstrated the strength in depth we have at Team Sky. We’ve performed well in stage racing and I’m particularly pleased that we showed real progression in the Classics, culminating in our long awaited first Monument win at Liege-Bastogne-Liege”.
Brailsford added that the team was going into the first Grand Tour of the year “full of confidence”.
“Mikel Landa will lead our Giro d’Italia team. He has fitted in to the team brilliantly and is coming into top form just at the right time. He will be supported by a strong, experienced and fully committed group of riders around him.
“Mikel and the team are in great shape and they are ready for the challenge.”
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