Team Sky plays down leaked Tour lineup, says it doesn’t accurately reflect final squad
A Tour de France shortlist which briefly appeared on the Team Sky website caused online discussion Tuesday, with the absence of several names being highlighted.
However the team has insisted that the 11 man shortlist was published in error and is inaccurate, with the final announcement due on Monday.
The list featured 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome, as well as Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, Leopold König, Sergio Henao, Wout Poels, Danny Pate and Mikel Nieve.
Missing were riders such as Pete Kennaugh, who won a stage in the recent Critérium du Dauphiné, as well as the Irish duo Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan.
Froome tweeted a photo Saturday of himself and Roche training for the race, prompting discussion online Tuesday about his absence from the shortlist.
Contacted by CyclingTips, a team spokesman said that the list was inaccurate. “Firstly, a longlist would normally have 14 riders,” he said. “Also, what went up was caused by an error by a third party provider and doesn’t reflect the Tour team.
“The nine man lineup for the race will be released on Monday.”
The team has won the race twice in the past three editions and is hoping to hit the top step again in Paris this time around. Froome crashed out last July but rebounded to finish second in the Vuelta behind Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo).
This year he won a stage plus the overall in the Vuelta a Andalucia, took third in the Tour de Romandie and, more recently, picked up two stages en route to the overall win in the Critérium du Dauphiné.