Cavendish: Sky move is homecoming

Wed, 04 Jan 12:27:00 2012

New Team Sky recruit Mark Cavendish described his move as "like coming home" after they announced their full roster for 2012, with 10 of the 28 riders from Great Britain.

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World road race champion and Tour de France sprint king Cavendish leads the team after joining from the now-defunct HTC-Highroad, the British Sports Personality of the Year winner one of eight new additions including his former team-mates Bernhard Eisel, Danny Pate and Kanstantsin Siutsou.

"I could not be more excited about the coming season. In many ways it has felt like coming home, by joining Team Sky," Cavendish said in a statement released by Team Sky. "I’ve grown up with many of the riders and management and they have shown in just two years how far they have come. 

"It is a hugely professional set-up and arguably the strongest team in the world. It is definitely a team that will win races.  

"Being in a British team at a time when our sport is booming is a dream come true. I want to help continue that growth and I know that together as a team we can help inspire even more people to get on their bikes and have a go themselves."

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Other Britons include Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas, Alex Dowsett, Chris Froome, Peter Kennaugh, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Jeremy Hunt.

Much has been made of a possible rivalry between Cavendish - the world’s top sprinter - and Wiggins, who was Sky’s main man last season and has his own aspirations of winning the Tour de France.

Wiggins sees no conflict with his Great Britain team-mate, insisting that his arrival merely gives Sky added chance of grand tour glory.

"We have a fantastic-looking squad for 2012 and I think we are in great shape to build on our successes last year," Wiggins said in reference to a debut season that saw the British outfit finish second in the UCI WorldTour team rankings with 32 wins and 103 podium finishes.

"The support we continue to receive from fans around the world, and especially in the UK, is tremendous and we are going to be looking to repay that on the road this year.

"If there is one thing this team is known for already it’s that we have ambition.  With Mark Cavendish joining the team we are ready to target sprints and GC in the same race and that is hugely exciting. There is nothing we like more than someone saying it can’t be done."

Former Team Saxo Bank Giro d’Italia pink jersey holder Richie Porte and a cluster of new pros - including Salvatore Puccio and Luke Rowe and Sergio Henao - complete the new arrivals.

Full 2012 Team Sky roster:

Davide Appollonio (ITA)

Michael Barry (CAN)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)

Mark Cavendish (GBR)

Alex Dowsett (GBR)

Bernhard Eisel (AUT)

Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP)

Chris Froome (GBR)

Mathew Hayman (AUS)

Sergio Henao (COL)

Jeremy Hunt (GBR)

Peter Kennaugh (GBR)

Christian Knees (GER)

Thomas Löfkvist (SWE)

Lars-Petter Nordhaug (NOR)

Danny Pate (USA)

Richie Porte (AUS)

Salvatore Puccio (ITA)

Michael Rogers (AUS)

Luke Rowe (GBR)

Ian Stannard (GBR)

Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR)

Chris Sutton (AUS)

Ben Swift (GBR)

Geraint Thomas (GBR)

Rigoberto Uran (COL)

Bradley Wiggins (GBR)

Xabier Zandio (ESP)


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