Let's see how this will work out but I expect the team to be weaker in the mountains than the usual TDF Sky train.
I think Kiri, Kwiato, Nieve, Henao, Thomas and Landa will manage to do a decent job at it. That'll be over
6W/Kg just to hold on when the going gets tough.
Rowe is in over Stannard because this season his legs are considerably stronger. That's all there is too it.
Stannard's been sub-par while Rowe had a pretty decent early spring, and was absolute class during that chaotic start at Paris-Nice. He's also 10kg lighter so he should be able to rotate in for Kiri and Kwiato early in the climbs. That's not the part that surprises me.
That would be a fun exercise. Create the weakest possible team Sky could send to the TDF to protect Froome (still have to include the dawg ofc though.)
Taking away neo-pros and KB's chums
, on current form:
Christian Knees is a decent rider and he seems like a good guy, but if you're taking him then Yogi must have been ruled out (or it's a very unlikely Team Sky bow towards the home crowd).