The eight-man squad for the February 11-16 stage race includes debutants Dario Cataldo, Joe Dombrowski and Vasil Kiryienka, with Christian Knees, Richie Porte and Peter Kennaugh also working for the British team.
Preparation for the spring Classics continues the week before at the Tour of Qatar, where Sky’s Tour Down Under squad - Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bernhard Eisel, Mathew Hayman, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Geraint Thomas – will be joined by debutant Gabriel Rasch.
Sky will send a rotatable team to simultaneously contest each race on the four-day Mallorca Challenge. Wiggins will ease into the season there, while Ian Boswell, Josh Edmondson, David Lopez and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke should make their debuts in Spain.
After the Volta ao Algarve on February 14-17, the Classics begin with a double-header of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 23) and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (February 24).
The line-up there of Boasson Hagen, Eisel, Hayman, Rasch, Stannard, Swift and Thomas will joined by Salvatore Puccio at Het Nieuwsblad, while the next day Rowe and 2011 winner Sutton swap places with Puccio and Rasch in the Kuurne line-up.
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- Ian Stannard
- Edvald Boasson Hagen
- Mathew Hayman
- Bernhard Eisel
- Gabriel Rasch
- Chris Sutton
- Geraint Thomas
- Luke Rowe