Roche and Deignan part of Team Sky squad for Giro d’Italia
The three-week Grand Tour begins Friday in the Netherlands
Philip Deignan is part of a nine-man Team Sky squad in the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images
The three-week Grand Tour begins Friday with a 9.8km individual time trial in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. As it did in 2014 in Belfast, the race is starting one day earlier than usual to facilitate a transfer on Monday back to Italy.
Roche and Deignan have both shown strong form of late. The former was second on the final stage and second overall in last week’s Tour de Yorkshire, while Deignan rode well in support of team leaders in the Vuelta al País Vasco and the Giro del Trentino.
Both will be required to ride for Sky’s Giro leader Mikel Landa. However, they may also get personal opportunities between the race start and its conclusion on May 29th in Turin.
The five riders for the race are part of the national team line-up aiming for the track events at the Olympic Games this summer.
The fifth member of the team is Nick Kergozou, who won the omnium event at last year’s Dublin Track Cycling International.
The An Post Rás rolls out of Dublin Castle on May 22nd.