Team Sky v Orica-GreenEDGE Round 1

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Team Sky and Orica-GreenEDGE have joined forces to produce a series of fun and engaging YouTube ‘Battle’ videos.

All five episodes of the #SKYvOGE series were filmed during the 2014 Tour Down Under and will be released on a fortnightly basis from Monday 10 March.

The opening episode sees the two teams contest a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Future episodes are currently being kept tightly under wraps, but Team Sky’s Digital Manager Nick Howes was able to shed some light on how the Battle Series came about: “The goal of the Battle Series was to show another side to our team away from the racing. Our fans don’t often get to see that side to us because once the races start everyone is so professional. There are some big characters in Team Sky – both riders and staff members – and that really comes through in the Battles.

“It was great to work with Orica-GreenEDGE and have a bit of fun. Four of the five episodes feature the riders, but we also wanted to get our staff involved and there’s a fantastic Battle coming up with our carers.

“To our knowledge, there’s never been anything like this done before with two high-profile sports teams working in collaboration, so it’s been nice to break some new ground. The best-of-five format was chosen because it will produce a clear winner, and if the series is well received, we’ll certainly look to do some more in the future.”