Wig­gins, Froome to miss Giro

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Team Sky has named their nine­man squad for the Giro d’Italia, and nei­ther Bradley Wig­gins nor Chris Froome will take part.

Richie Porte’s ab­sence due to ill­ness that dis­rupted his train­ing ear­lier this sea­son had led to spec­u­la­tion that Wig­gins could re­turn to the race, de­spite hav­ing said last year that he would not ride again in the Ital­ian Grand Tour.

Froome, mean­while, will fo­cus all his en­er­gies on de­fend­ing his Tour de France ti­tle. The Kenyan­born Bri­tish rider has not raced the Giro since be­ing disqual­i­fied for tak­ing a tow in 2010.

Ir­ish rider Philip Deignan, a stage win­ner on the Vuelta a Es­paña, will line up in a Grand Tour for Sky for the first time, and will have home ad­van­tage at the start as this year’s Giro be­gins with three stages in North­ern Ire­land and Ire­land.

Dario Cataldo, Sal­va­tore Puc­cio, Pete Ken­naugh, Ben Swift, Ed­vald Boas­son Ha­gen, Bern­hard Eisel, Se­bas­tian He­nao and Kanstantsin Si­ut­sou com­plete the Team Sky line-up.

Team Prin­ci­pal Sir Dave Brails­ford said: The Giro d’Italia is a fan­tas­tic race and this year pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity for the team to go out and re­ally ex­press them­selves on the bike.

“We’ve brought to­gether an ex­cit­ing squad and we can’t wait, not only for the start in North­ern Ire­land, but to per­form in front of our Ital­ian fans.”

Deignan added: “As soon as I heard that the Giro d’Italia was start­ing in North­ern Ire­land it was a goal of mine to be there, and rac­ing there with Team Sky is a real hon­our for me. We’re go­ing with a good bal­ance of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence; we’re all look­ing for­ward to it.

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