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Cummings & Thomas in Team Sky squad for Tour de France

Tour de France 2010
Start: 3 July, Rotterdam Finish: 25 July, Paris
Coverage: Listen to the final hour of every stage on the BBC Sport website (UK only), with selected stages on BBC 5 live sports extra; Watch live on Eurosport and ITV4; Live text commentary each day on BBC Sport website


On the road with Team Sky

Britons Steve Cummings and Geraint Thomas have been included in Team Sky's nine-man line-up for the Tour de France alongside team leader Bradley Wiggins.

Former world track champion Cummings, 29, will make his Tour debut after riding in the Giro d'Italia in May.

Thomas, 24, a member of the victorious Olympic team pursuit quartet alongside Wiggins in 2008, will ride in his second Tour, his first since 2007.

Cycling's most prestigious event begins in Rotterdam on Saturday, 3 July.

Merseysider Cummings recently joined Wiggins - fourth in the 2009 Tour - on a reconnaissance trip to the Alps and Pyrenees mountains.

It's great that we have three British riders in there, all on merit

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford

"It's every bike rider's dream, my dream, to go to the Tour," said Cummings.

"I'm very excited, but I'm there to go and do a job, support the team and support Bradley and take opportunities for myself if they come up.

"I will stay around him and support him and make sure he has what he needs to do his job as well as he can.

"It's not just me, it's the whole team. We've all got to do a job and look after him and put him in the best position to do his job."


Wiggins, who will be competing in his fourth Tour, switched from American team Garmin to Team Sky in December 2009, and will target an assault on the podium.

Canadian Michael Barry, who has previously ridden in the Grand Tours of Spain and Italy, Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen, last year's Tour of Britain winner who has five stage wins this season, and Belgian Serge Pauwels will also be making their Tour de France debuts.

They are supplemented by Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha, who won a Tour de France stage for the team in 2003, Swede Thomas Lofkvist, the youngest rider in the 2005 and 2006 Tours, and Australian Simon Gerrans, who will be competing in his fifth Tour.

"There's a great mix in this line-up for our Tour de France debut," said team principal Dave Brailsford.

"It's great that we have three British riders in there, all on merit. And we have a blend of Tour experience and young talent that will help us to perform this year and continue to develop.

"It's been a tough final decision as you would expect when there are such talented riders, so many in good form, and excitement around our Tour debut, but we are pleased with the outcome.

"The aim is to perform well, make a positive contribution to the Tour and help to get more people enjoying the sport. We want to inspire. And these nine riders will help us to do that."

Team Sky line-up for Tour de France:

Michael Barry (Canada, Age 34, 0 Tours), Steve Cummings (GB, 29, 0), Juan Antonio Flecha (Spain, 33, 7), Simon Gerrans (Australia, 30, 4), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway, 23, 0), Thomas Löfkvist (Sweden, 26, 4), Serge Pauwels (Belgium, 26, 0), Geraint Thomas (GB, 24, 1), Bradley Wiggins (GB, 30, 3).

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