Giro d'Italia - Wiggins' support cast revealed

Bradley Wiggins will head Team Sky's bid for the Giro d’Italia after the team announced a strong nine-man team.

Giro d'Italia - Wiggins' support cast revealed

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Team Sky's 2013 Giro line-up

The Tour de France champion will look to add another Grand Tour to his palmarès in the event which runs from May 4 to May 26 and will be supported by Dario Cataldo, Sergio Henao, Christian Knees, Danny Pate, Salvatore Puccio, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Rigoberto Urán and Xabier Zandio.

Wiggins has some strong lieutenants in the mountains with Sergio Henao ninth overall last year and Dario Cataldo having finished 12th in 2011 and 2012 and also with a mountain-top victory at the Vuelta a Espana to boast.

Henao's fellow Colombian Rigoberto Urán, who was seventh overall last year and took the young rider’s jersey, is expected to be the strongest aid for the Briton as he tackles four mountain stages in the final eight days.

Workhorses Knees and Siutsou were part of Team Sky's successful line-up at the 2012 Tour de France with the team completed by experienced American Pate and Grand Tour debutant Puccio.

Confirming the line-up, team principal Dave Brailsford said: “We’ve had a good run into the Giro, have a strong squad and the preparation has gone well. The final touches have been put in place after the Giro del Trentino and we’re all set to go.

“It’s well-documented that the Giro has been a season goal for Bradley. With that in mind we want to get the best performance possible and try to win the race. If you work back from there you need support in the mountains and a strong nucleus of the team who can work hard.

“We’ve got quality climbing support and some really big engines too. There’s also the team time trial to think about and we’ve got a very strong squad.”

Wiggins, a keen cycling historian, has not hidden his desire to add the Maglia Rosa to his yellow jersey and collection of Olympic medals.

Wiggins added: “Alongside the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix the Giro d’Italia is one of the biggest bike races in the world and one I’d love to win.

"I’ve watched the Giro since I was a kid and have seen my idols win it, which makes it even more special. It has always been a race that I’ve wanted to ride well in and I just can’t wait to get started.

“I believe the Giro team this year is just as strong as the Tour de France team last year and the results prove that everyone is ready to go.”

The event starts in Naples and is exclusively live in the UK on British Eurosport.

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