Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche to start Giro d’Italia
Opening Grand Tour of 2016 begins in Apeldoorn, Holland with time-trial on Friday
On Sunday Nicolas Roche was edged in the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough - finishing six seconds back overall. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
The Giro d’Italia will take place without a British rider for a second successive year - Alex Dowsett had been expected to start for Movistar, but the Commonwealth Games time-trial champion has undergone surgery to remove a plate and screws on his collarbone.
Team Sky have eight Britons on their 29-rider roster, but none are in the squad for the Giro, which finishes in Turin on May 29th.
Deignan and Roche were on Tuesday named in Team Sky’s nine-man line-up, as support riders to Spaniard Mikel Landa. Dan Martin, third in March’s Volta Catalunya, is not part of the Etixx-Quick-Step line-up.
Landa and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) are the favourites for the pink jersey.