Tour de France 2014: key selection issues for Team Sky

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Tour de France 2014: key selection issues for Team Sky

Defending champions set to finalise line-up this week

The crashes for Froome and Wiggins are certainly not the only bits of misfortune to have struck Team Sky this season.

Geraint Thomas crashed out of Paris-Nice while well-placed overall, Richie Porte has battled illness as has Peter Kennaugh – leading to both missing the chance to lead the team at the Giro d’Italia, while Ian Stannard fractured a vertebra at Gent-Wevelgem.

Richie Porte has seen his season disrupted by illness (pic: Sirotti)

And the illness and injuries this month – Sergio Henao, on his return to competitive racing, fracturing his knee-cap in a training accident at the Tour de Suisse, before Kennaugh followed him, and the already-abandoned Wiggins, home.

At the Route du Sud, meanwhile, Edvald Boasson Hagen abandoned on the last of just three days, while Dario Cataldo did not start on the Sunday.

Of Sky’s Tour de France team from last season, Stannard is already confirmed as out, while Kennaugh and Boasson Hagen’s condition remains to be seen.

Richie Porte, meanwhile, showed glimpses of his best form at the Dauphine but had also dropped from the leading group on stage two when Sky put the hurt on over the climbs.

Henao’s injury is also a blow, with the Colombian having looked in good shape in Switzerland – two top-ten finishes to his name being testament to that.

With a wealth of talent at their disposal, and the likes of Thomas and Mikel Nieve looking to be in great form, it is hardly an injury crisis for Sky – but it is definitely a concern.

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