Sky news update: Team Sky manager believes that the team’s three stars: Froome, Wiggins and Cavendish can work together in the Tour de France.
Rod Ellington the manager of Sky Pro-Cycling, known as Team Sky, believes that Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be able to put their differences aside next year and focus on wining the Tour de France as a team. Wiggins and Froome have only raced together once this year which is a strong sign that their issues have not be resolved.
Ellington is adamant that Froome will lead Team Sky and that it will be he who is challenging for the title for a second time in a row next year. Ellington also feels it is up to Wiggins and Froome to resolve their issues, however there will be consequences if they remain unsolved as they could impact the team as a whole.
The GB coach and Team Sky performance manager feels that the Tour de Giro which lasts 272km, starting in Lucca and ending in Florence, is key to rebuilding relations between the riders and hopefully they can improve on Cavendish’s success from earlier in the year.
During the Tour of Britain earlier this year three names looked poised to win as the course suited late solo breakaways, this men were, Fabian Cancellara, Vincenzo Nibali, and the defending champion, Philippe Gilbert. Froome was in a second tier of favoured outsiders such as the Spaniards Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquím Rodríguez, the Slovak Peter Sagan and the Irishman Daniel Martin. Ellington knows that winning the championship this year will be difficult due to the extremely mountainous circuit, and it will be even harder to challenge the rainbow jersey which Cavendish won in Copenhagen back in 2011.
The championship is also being used to formulate plans for the Rio 2016 Olympics, where it is expected the road race will be extremely difficult to win. Plans for the Tour were meant to be made as a team in an evening discussion, however before they had even arrived Froome had made it clear that he expected an aggressive approach from his whole team with him leading the attack. This way they can eliminate as many other competitors - such as Quintana and Contador - as quickly as possible. Every member will have their own role to play; Froome - mountains; Cavendish - sprints; Wiggins - road races. By assigning each member a role they will be able to take as much time out of rivals from the outset and throughout.
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