Taken from the other thread:
With Henao not racing until his biological passport case is sorted and Konig/Intxausti getting ill/injured so far this season. Leaving Roche and Nieve to ride the Giro when it wasn't necessarily in their original race schedule. Does anyone feel Sky's tour squad is very much up in the air at the moment?
Froome, Thomas, Poels, Kwiatkowski, Stannard & Rowe are nailed on. But the other 3 spots are anyone's guess?
- Intxausti, will he show enough at Suisse?
- Konig, will he show enough at Slovenia?
- Landa/Roche/Nieve, can any of them double up and be effective?
- Kennaugh/Swift, off to California, if in contention would surely ride Dauphine/Suisse/Slovenia instead?
- Anyone else?
Kwiatkowski is not nailed on. He has to perform well at Dauphine. Stannard and Rowe are likely but with Puccio and Kiryienka both presumably in the mix I don't think you can say they're both nailed on.
Froome, Thomas and Poels are the only pretty much nailed on riders at this point.
Sky's grand tour squads have become quite a mess with all the various problems to some of their best domestiques and their team performance at Romandie was pretty terrible. The performance of the other ''Tour squad'' that went to Catalunya wasn't much better, so yes, the Tour team is very much up in the air. I could definitely see Roche doing both. He has a history of doubling up very well, albeit normally Tour-Vuelta. Nieve has done it well in the past too. Landa will want to rest and then go for the Vuelta but Sky may be forced to select him for the Tour if the team doesn't perform at the Dauphine.
There are probably as many as 16 riders who are realistically still in contention:
Froome, Thomas, Poels, Kwiatkowski, Landa, Roche, Nieve, Sergio Henao, Intxausti, Konig, Kennaugh, Stannard, Rowe, Swift, Kiryienka, Puccio.
Honestly, if Sky can't find a strong team from that group then it would be a fiasco.
You can pretty much rule out: Boswell, Sebastian Henao, Lopez, Deignan, Knees and Viviani (Giro)
And the rest: Van Poppel, Fenn, Nordhaug, Moscon, Peters, Zandio, Golas (sprinters, neo-pros, one day rider, etc)
Golas has actually been a really good domestique for Sky this year but there are too many other (stronger) options for him to make the team.