Wiggins, Froome to miss Giro
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.