2010 Team Sky season

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Team Sky
2010 season
Team Sky train Cancer Council Helpline Classic 2010.jpg
The team at the 2010 Cancer Council Helpline Classic
UCI code SKY
Status UCI ProTeam
World Ranking 15th (435 points)
Manager Dave Brailsford
Main sponsor(s) BSkyB
Based United Kingdom
Bicycles Pinarello
Groupset Shimano
Season victories
One-day races 3
Stage race overall 2
Stage race stages 15
National Championships 3
Most Wins Greg Henderson (5 wins)
Best ranked rider Edvald Boasson Hagen (17th)
2011

The 2010 season for Team Sky, its first, began in January with the Tour Down Under. As a UCI ProTour team, they were automatically invited and obliged to attend every event in the ProTour. The team formed for the 2010 season as part of an initiative by British Cycling to produce the first ever British Tour de France winner within five years. Much of the team's ridership is British, most of it is anglophone, and the team competes under a British licence. Its manager is Dave Brailsford, the former Performance Director of British Cycling. Senior Director Sportif was Australian ex-professional road cyclist Scott Sunderland. Team Sky's other Sports Directors were former professional cyclists Marcus Ljungqvist from Sweden, the Briton Sean Yates, and Steven De Jongh from the Netherlands.

2010 roster[edit]

Ages as of January 1, 2010.

Rider Date of birth
 Kurt Asle Arvesen (NOR) (1976-02-09)February 9, 1976 (aged 33)
 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) (1986-08-10)August 10, 1986 (aged 23)
 Michael Barry (CAN) (1975-12-18)December 18, 1975 (aged 34)
 Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) (1987-05-17)May 17, 1987 (aged 22)
 Sylvain Calzati (FRA) (1979-12-26)December 26, 1979 (aged 30)
 Kjell Carlström (FIN) (1976-10-18)October 18, 1976 (aged 33)
 Dario Cioni (ITA) (1974-12-02)December 2, 1974 (aged 35)
 Steve Cummings (GBR) (1981-03-19)March 19, 1981 (aged 28)
 Russell Downing (GBR) (1978-08-23)August 23, 1978 (aged 31)
 Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP) (1977-09-17)September 17, 1977 (aged 32)
 Chris Froome (GBR) (1985-05-20)May 20, 1985 (aged 24)
 Simon Gerrans (AUS) (1980-05-16)May 16, 1980 (aged 29)
 Matthew Hayman (AUS) (1978-04-20)April 20, 1978 (aged 31)
Rider Date of birth
 Greg Henderson (NZL) (1976-10-09)October 9, 1976 (aged 33)
 Peter Kennaugh (GBR) (1989-06-15)June 15, 1989 (aged 20)
 Thomas Lövkvist (SWE) (1984-04-04)April 4, 1984 (aged 25)
 Lars Petter Nordhaug (NOR) (1984-05-14)May 14, 1984 (aged 25)
 Serge Pauwels (BEL) (1983-11-21)November 21, 1983 (aged 26)
 Nicolas Portal (FRA) (1979-04-23)April 23, 1979 (aged 30)
 Morris Possoni (ITA) (1984-07-01)July 1, 1984 (aged 25)
 Ian Stannard (GBR) (1987-05-25)May 25, 1987 (aged 22)
 Christopher Sutton (AUS) (1984-09-10)September 10, 1984 (aged 25)
 Ben Swift (GBR) (1987-11-05)November 5, 1987 (aged 22)
 Geraint Thomas (GBR) (1986-05-25)May 25, 1986 (aged 23)
 Davide Viganò (ITA) (1984-06-12)June 12, 1984 (aged 25)
 Bradley Wiggins (GBR) (1980-04-28)April 28, 1980 (aged 29)
Riders' 2009 teams

One-day races[edit]

Before the spring season began, the team took a victory in its first-ever race. Henderson was the team's captain for the Cancer Council Helpline Classic, a 51 km (32 mi) criterium run two days before the Tour Down Under with the same peloton, but not counting toward its standings. Team Sky was largely responsible for bringing back a breakaway that included Lance Armstrong and Óscar Pereiro, with Downing and Sutton leading Henderson out to the sprint win. Sutton finished the race in second place just behind Henderson.[1]

National championships[edit]

At the British National Road Race Championships Team Sky controlled the men's race ending with riders in the top three positions. Geraint Thomas won the race, Peter Kennaugh came second and Ian Stannard came third. In the British National Time Trial Championships again claimed the top three with Bradley Wiggins retaining his title. In Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen won his National Time Trial Championships for the fourth time.

Stage races[edit]

Greg Henderson and Chris Sutton warm up prior to the start of Stage 6 of the Tour Down Under

Henderson finished third overall in the Tour Down Under, after taking second place on stages 2 and 6 of the six-stage race. His teammate Sutton was the rider to beat him on the final stage.[2] The team won the team time trial stage which opened the Tour of Qatar, giving Boasson Hagen the race lead.[3] He lost it the next day, when attacks from Quick-Step and Cervélo TestTeam caught the team unaware and then, when the team had almost paced him back into the leading group, he suffered a puncture.[4]

Later in February, at the inaugural Tour of Oman, Boasson Hagen again took race leadership, with third in a sprint to finish the race's second stage.[5] He extended his lead with a victory in stage 3,[6] but lost it the next day in a controversial stage 4. After Team Sky, who were pacing the peloton as the team of the race leader, let a morning breakaway get over seven minutes on a flat course, emotions ran high when no team seemed willing to help them bring the group back. Sky riders responded by pulling the peloton quickly through the stage's feed zone, something which is normally not done. Later, Cervélo TestTeam attacked 56 km (35 mi) from the end of the stage, while Boasson Hagen had stopped to urinate at the side of the road, also something which is normally not done. Boasson Hagen lost a minute and five seconds on the stage, and the race leader's red jersey.[7] Boasson Hagen went on to win the stage 6 time trial to close the event, winning the points and youth classifications in the race and finishing second overall.[8]

Grand Tours[edit]

Bradley Wiggins riding to victory on Stage 1 of the 2010 Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia[edit]

Tour de France[edit]

The team were awarded a wild-card entry for the 2010 Tour de France.[9]

Vuelta a España[edit]

Team Sky received an invite to participate in the 2010 Vuelta a España.[10]

During the race, many of the team's riders and staff contracted an unknown virus. John Lee Augustyn, Juan Antonio Flecha, and Ben Swift were forced to retire from the race due to illness.[11] Soigneur Txema Gonzalez died five days after being admitted to hospital due to an unrelated bacterial infection, with the team withdrawing from the race before the start of stage eight.[12]

Season victories[edit]

Date Race Competition Rider Country Location
January 17[1] Cancer Council Helpline Classic None  Henderson, GregGreg Henderson (NZL)  Australia Rymill Park, Adelaide
January 24[2] Tour Down Under, Stage 6 UCI ProTour  Sutton, ChrisChris Sutton (AUS)  Australia Adelaide
February 7[3] Tour of Qatar, Stage 1 UCI Asia Tour Team time trial[N 1]  Qatar West Bay Lagoon
February 16[6] Tour of Oman, Stage 3 UCI Asia Tour  Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  Oman Qurayyat
February 19[8] Tour of Oman, Stage 6 UCI Asia Tour  Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  Oman Muscat
February 19[8] Tour of Oman, Points classification UCI Asia Tour  Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  Oman
February 19[8] Tour of Oman, Young rider classification UCI Asia Tour  Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  Oman
February 27[13] Omloop Het Nieuwsblad UCI Europe Tour  Flecha, Juan AntonioJuan Antonio Flecha (ESP)  Belgium Ghent
March 8[14] Paris–Nice, Stage 1 UCI World Ranking  Henderson, GregGreg Henderson (NZL)  France Contres
March 16[15] Tirreno–Adriatico, Stage 7 UCI World Ranking  Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  Italy San Benedetto del Tronto
March 28[16] Critérium International, Stage 2 UCI Europe Tour  Downing, RussellRussell Downing (GBR)  France Porto-Vecchio
May 8[17] Giro d'Italia, Stage 1 UCI World Ranking  Wiggins, BradleyBradley Wiggins (GBR)  Netherlands Amsterdam
May 15[18] Tour de Picardie, Stage 2 UCI Europe Tour  Swift, BenBen Swift (GBR)  France Cires-lès-Mello
May 16[19] Tour de Picardie, General classification UCI Europe Tour  Swift, BenBen Swift (GBR)  France
May 16[19] Tour de Picardie, Points classification UCI Europe Tour  Swift, BenBen Swift (GBR)  France
May 16[19] Tour de Picardie, Teams classification UCI Europe Tour [N 2]  France
May 16[19] Tour de Picardie, Young rider classification UCI Europe Tour  Swift, BenBen Swift (GBR)  France
June 13[20] Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 7 UCI ProTour  Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  France Sallanches
June 18[21] Ster Elektrotoer, Stage 3 UCI Europe Tour  Henderson, GregGreg Henderson (NZL)  Netherlands Schimmert
June 24[22] Norwegian National Time Trial Championships National Championship  Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  Norway Orkanger
June 27[23] British National Road Race Championships National Championship  Thomas, GeraintGeraint Thomas (GBR)  United Kingdom Pendle
July 23[24] Brixia Tour, Stage 3 UCI Europe Tour  Sutton, ChrisChris Sutton (AUS)  Italy Pisogne
July 28[25] Tour de Wallonie, Stage 5 UCI Europe Tour  Downing, RussellRussell Downing (GBR)  Belgium Welkenraedt
July 28[25] Tour de Wallonie, General classification UCI Europe Tour  Downing, RussellRussell Downing (GBR)  Belgium
August 13[25] Dutch Food Valley Classic UCI Europe Tour  Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  Netherlands Veenendaal
August 21[25] Eneco Tour, Stage 4 UCI ProTour  Henderson, GregGreg Henderson (NZL)  Netherlands Roermond
August 24 Eneco Tour, Points classification UCI ProTour  Boasson Hagen, EdvaldEdvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)  Belgium/ Netherlands
September 5 British National Time Trial Championships National Championship  Wiggins, BradleyBradley Wiggins (GBR)  United Kingdom Llandeilo
September 12 Tour of Britain, Stage 2 UCI Europe Tour  Henderson, GregGreg Henderson (NZL)  United Kingdom Stoke-on-Trent
September 18 Tour of Britain, Points classification UCI Europe Tour  Henderson, GregGreg Henderson (NZL)  Great Britain

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Les Clarke and Greg Johnson (2010-01-24). "Sutton secures Sky's second". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  3. ^ a b Stephen Farrand (2010-02-07). "Dominant start for Sky in Qatar team time trial". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  4. ^ Stephen Farrand (2010-02-08). "Steurs strongest as breakaway rules the day". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  5. ^ Cycling News (2010-02-15). "Bennati beats Farrar and Boasson Hagen in Samail". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  6. ^ a b Cycling News (2010-02-16). "Boasson Hagen cruises to Oman win". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  7. ^ Stephen Farrand (2010-02-17). "Neo-pro Howard takes first pro victory". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 19 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  8. ^ a b c d Stephen Farrand (2010-02-19). "Boasson Hagen blasts to time trial win". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  9. ^ "Tour de France wildcard place awarded to Team Sky". Cycling Weekly. 2010-03-30. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Jonathan Turner (2010-06-14). "Vuelta invite for Team Sky". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 18 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Team Sky worker dies after contracting virus". France 24. 2010-09-03. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Sky withdrawn from Vuelta". Team Sky. British Sky Broadcasting. 2010-09-04. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  13. ^ John MacLeary (2010-02-27). "Team Sky's Juan Antonio Flecha ends wait with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory in Ghent". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Team Sky's Henderson wins as bunch splits in the wind". Cycling Weekly. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  15. ^ Gregor Brown (2010-03-16). "Boasson Hagen takes Tirreno sprint, hoping for San Remo win". Cycling Weekly. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  16. ^ "GB's Russell Downing secures Criterium sprint stage win". BBC Sport. 2010-03-28. Archived from the original on 31 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  17. ^ "Sky's Bradley Wiggins wins Giro d'Italia opening stage". BBC Sport. 2010-05-08. Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  18. ^ Jonathan Turner (2010-05-15). "Swift stars for Team Sky". Sky Sports. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  19. ^ a b c d Nigel Wynn (2010-05-16). "Swift wins Tour de Picardie overall". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  20. ^ "Brajkovic wins Dauphine as Boasson Hagen impresses". BBC Sport. 2010-06-13. Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  21. ^ "Henderson and Downing give Team Sky a one-two in Holland". Cycling Weekly. 2010-06-18. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  22. ^ "Time trial titles around the world". cyclingnews.com. 2010-06-25. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  23. ^ "Thomas edges out Kennaugh as Sky take 1-2-3 at national championships". Cycling Weekly. 2010-06-27. Archived from the original on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  24. ^ "Sutton sprints to win in Brixia stage". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 2010-07-23. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  25. ^ a b c d Nigel Wynn (2010-07-28). "Downing wins Tour de Wallonie overall". Cycling Weekly. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Team Sky in 2010 at Wikimedia Commons