Published: 25 April 2013
Great Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead Team Sky’s Giro d’Italia squad after their nine-man line up was named.
Wiggins, who last year became the first Briton ever to win the Tour de France, will attempt to add the maglia rosa - awarded to the winner of the general classification - to the maillot jaune he won in France when the Grand Tour starts on Saturday 4 May in Naples, concluding on Sunday 26 May in Brescia.
“Alongside the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix the Giro d’Italia is one of the biggest bike races in the world and one I’d love to win,” Wiggins said ahead of the 96th edition of the race.
“I’ve watched the Giro since I was a kid and have seen my idols win it, which makes it even more special. It has always been a race that I’ve wanted to ride well in and I just can’t wait to get started.
“I believe the Giro team this year is just as strong as the Tour de France team last year and the results prove that everyone is ready to go.”
Wiggins, who is also expected to compete in the Tour de France, is the only British rider in the squad and is joined by Dario Cataldo, Sergio Henao, Christian Knees, Danny Pate, Salvatore Puccio, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Rigoberto Urán and Xabier Zandio.
Team Sky team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “We’ve had a good run into the Giro, have a strong squad and the preparation has gone well. The final touches have been put in place after the Giro del Trentino and we’re all set to go.
“It’s well-documented that the Giro has been a season goal for Bradley. With that in mind we want to get the best performance possible and try to win the race. If you work back from there you need support in the mountains and a strong nucleus of the team who can work hard.
“We’ve got quality climbing support and some really big engines too. There’s also the team time trial to think about and we’ve got a very strong squad.”