Team Sky Season Schedule

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The Tour Down Under marks the first appearance for Sky Pro Cycling, with the team represented by a seven-man squad featuring Brits Russell Downing, Chris Froome and Ben Swift, Australians Chris Sutton and Mathew Hayman, New Zealander Greg Henderson and Italy's Davide Viganò. The Adelaide event starts with a city criterium on 17 January, with the race proper getting under way two days later.

Sean Yates, Director Sportif for Team Sky, will be the driving force behind in the team in Australia.

The GP Cycliste la Marseillaise on 31 January sees 20-year-old Peter Kennaugh, third in the junior Giro d'Italia and fourth in the World Under-23 Championships last season, make his pro debut. He'll be joined by John-Lee Augustyn, Michael Barry, Sylvain Calzati, Steve Cummings, Nicolas Portal and Morris Possoni.

February starts with the five-day Etoile de Bessèges in which Bradley Wiggins will make his 2010 bow as he joins the seven riders from the GP Cycliste la Marseillaise. The action then moves to the Gulf, with six men riding in both the Tour of Qatar (7-12 February) and the first Tour of Oman (14-19 February).
Those events represent Edvald Boasson Hagen's first outings for Team Sky as the young Norwegian bids to continue his spectacular run of success from 2009.

Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas are the other five riders inked in for both races. Downing and Viganò complete the Qatar line-up while Hayman and Sutton come in for that pair Oman. Italian Dario Cioni gets his first action in the two-day Tour du Haut Var when he'll be joined by Barry, Calzati, Froome, Kennaugh, Possoni, Swift and Viganò.

The last four members of Team Sky's 26-man roster, Finland's Kjell Carlström, Aussie Simon Gerrans, Sweden's Thomas Löfkvist and Belgian Serge Pauwels, get in on the act at the Vuelta a Andalucia. Cummings, Henderson, Portal and Wiggins are the other riders pencilled in for the Spanish event which runs from 21-25 February.

The month finishes with a flurry of one-day races, including Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, and the plans for all those events are listed below.

Scott Sunderland has outlined the early season schedule for the team in 2010

Tour Down Under line-up: Russell Downing, Chris Froome, Mat Hayman, Greg Henderson, Chris Sutton, Ben Swift and Davide Viganò.

GP Cycliste la Marseillaise line-up: John-Lee Augustyn, Michael Barry, Sylvain Calzati, Steve Cummings, Peter Kennaugh, Nicolas Portal and Morris Possoni.

Etoile de Bessèges line-up: John-Lee Augustyn, Michael Barry, Sylvain Calzati, Steve Cummings, Peter Kennaugh, Nicolas Portal, Morris Possoni and Bradley Wiggins.

Tour of Qatar line-up: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Russell Downing, Juan Antonio Flecha, Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas and Davide Viganò.

Tour of Oman line-up: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mathew Hayman, Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Geraint Thomas.

Tour du Haut Var line-up: Michael Barry, Sylvain Calzati, Dario Cioni, Chris Froome, Peter Kennaugh, Morris Possoni, Ben Swift and Davide Viganò.

Vuelta a Andalucia line-up: Kjell Carlström, Steve Cummings, Simon Gerrans, Greg Henderson, Thomas Löfkvist, Serge Pauwels, Nicolas Portal and Bradley Wiggins.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad l
ine-up: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Michael Barry, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mathew Hayman, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Davide Viganò.

GP dell'Insubria-Lugano line-up: John-Lee Augustyn, Sylvain Calzati, Dario Cioni, Chris Froome, Peter Kennaugh, Morris Possoni and Ben Swift.

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
line-up: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Michael Barry, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Juan Antonio Flecha, Mathew Hayman, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton and Davide Viganò.

GP di Lugano line-up: John-Lee Augustyn, Sylvain Calzati, Dario Cioni, Chris Froome, Peter Kennaugh, Morris Possoni and Ben Swift.

Clasica de Almeria line-up: Kjell Carlström, Steve Cummings, Russell Downing, Simon Gerrans, Greg Henderson, Thomas Löfkvist, Serge Pauwels and Nicolas Portal.