Richie Porte in 2015, Mikel Landa in 2016 and Geraint Thomas in 2017: there is a queen holding a commanding position in the last three years – firstly, at the Giro del Trentino and now at the Tour of the Alps – who is Team Sky. In view of the 2018 edition of the Euro-regional cycling event (16-20th April), the British squad focuses on its most representative athlete, Chris Froome, to achieve a remarkable milestone: winning a stage race for the fourth consecutive time with four different riders.
Four, a repeating number in the history of Team Sky, like the triumphs won by Chris Froome at the Tour de France. After collecting yellow jerseys, a total of 59, the champion of Kenyan origin has identified the Tour of the Alps as his perfect springboard serving for the Giro d’Italia. Few in the history managed to score a double win – only three riders succeeded, Gilberto Simoni (2003), Damiano Cunego (2004) and Vincenzo Nibali (2013) – yet, the man from Nairobi surely has all the necessary qualifications to succeed the enterprise, in which Porte, Landa and Thomas failed, stopped by their respective attempts by accidents and health problems.
“The team is fine – the Sky Team Sports Director Matteo Tosatto declared – and it is currently committed in Teide. We are training at our own best for the Tour of the Alps where we aim to win. Furthermore, it will be a very important appointment to take stock of the situation in view of the Giro d’Italia“.
The route of the Tour of the Alps 2018 – which strengthens even more the link among the Euro-regional territories (Trentino, Tyrol and South Tyrol) and will allow the public to enjoy wonderful scenarios – could boost the strength of Team Sky, a team used to take the lion’s share when the road climbs. “It is going to be a challenging Tour of the Alps, a fascinating ride with an excellent organization. There are many important climbs: in particular the Alpe di Pampeago will show which athletes might aim at the final success”, Tosatto added.
Chris Froome will be among the protagonists at the event’s eve press conference, scheduled at Casinò Municipale di Arco (TN) on Sunday, April 15th at 4.30PM, before the show on the Euro-regional roads finally starts.