Strong Sky teams for Flanders and Pais Vasco
Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas are back in action at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday 3 April and will head Team Sky line up on the second Monument of the season.
Kwiatkowski skipped Ghent-Wevelgem and the Three Days of De Panne to ensure he is rested and ready for De Ronde, and will be among the pre-race favourites after romping to victory at E3 Harelbeke.
Thomas has also had a week free from racing prior to ‘De Ronde’, and will be looking to impress in his sole cobbled Classics appearance of the season.
The duo will ride with the on-form Ian Stannard – who joined Kwiatkowski on the podium in Harelbeke – and Luke Rowe will be looking to continue a strong start to the season which saw him claim a top-five finish at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
Michal Golas, Christian Knees, Gianni Moscon and Salvatore Puccio round out the team and will provide invaluable support in one of the hardest and most prestigious one-day races of the season.
Before all that though, the GP Miguel Indurain takes place on Saturday 2 April and Mikel Landa will be racing on home turf as he continues to build his condition before the Giro d’Italia.
Fellow Spaniards David Lopez and Xabier Zandio are included in that team for the trip to Estella along with Phil Deignan, Vasil Kiryienka and Colombian cousins Sergio and Sebastian Henao.
Should they come through that race unscathed, all seven riders will then line up at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco 48 hours later, with Lars Petter Nordhaug joining them for the six-day tour of the Basque Country.
Team Sky for Tour of Flanders
Michal Golas, Christian Knees, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas
Team Sky for GP Miguel Indurain
Phil Deignan, Sebastian Henao, Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Landa, David Lopez, Xabier Zandio
Team Sky for Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Phil Deignan, Sebastian Henao, Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Landa, David Lopez, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Xabier Zandio