Sky confirm six strong riders will go for opening race of 2012 Tour Down Under - Cycling News

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Sky confirm six strong riders will go for opening race of 2012 Tour Down Under - Cycling News

The Director Sportif is the British former cyclists Sean Yates and Michael Rogers will be sending six brilliant riders for the opening race of Tour Down Under for the next year.

The three cyclists Chris Sutton, Mathew Hayman and Michael Rogers will be joined by Geraint Thomas, Alex Dowsett, Danny Pate and the two time winner Edvald Boasson Hagen. All of them were going for Tour down.

He told the media, “We’re sending out a very strong squad and Mick [Rogers] will be our main man for the GC. He was struggling with illness for most of this year but was flying at the end of the season and is highly motivated to ride well in his home country.”

Previously, Sutton showed his good effort in the sixth stage of Tour of Down Under with a timing of 1 hour, 53 minutes and 20 seconds and easily beat his teammate Greg Henderson. Due to his good performance Yates hoped that he can win the next year again.

Hayman is also good cyclists and gained a lead in Paris-Bourges and also grabbed third place in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Geraint Thomas also displayed his good performance in the cycling field as he took the various victories throughout the 2011 season. He took the overall Bayern-Rundfahrt and grabbed runner-up’s spot in Dwars door Vlaaderen.

Danny took the King of Mountain competition at Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal. He took the third place in 18th stage of Giro d’ltalia. Yates also expects that Thomas and Dowsett will be strong riders and both of them demonstrated good form in the country’s National Tours in September.  

He added, “We’ve had fantastic starts to our seasons here over the last two years and we’ll be looking to keep that run going. It’s a WorldTour event and that offers a great opportunity to get some early points in the bag and hopefully set the scene for the rest for the season.”

The event will run from 17 and end in 22 January and in the first stage all cyclists will cover the distance of 149 kilometres (Prospect to Clare). Let see, who win the Tour Down Under 2012.