Giro d'Italia

Dario Cioni, Thomas Lovkvist headline Team Sky’s Giro d’Italia squad

Dario Cioni, Thomas Lovkvist headline Team Sky’s Giro d’Italia squad.

Dario Cioni and Thomas Lovkvist headline Team Sky’s Giro d’Italia squad, which also includes Michael Barry.

Both will be aiming for top-10 finishes in the overall GC, but Cioni admitted that given the mountainous final week, hanging around the top of the GC chart will be a challenge.

“I have been in the top five before (fourth in 2004), but that was on a course that suited me better,” Cioni said. “I will do the best I can. The final week is very difficult. I think it will be a Giro that is made for a rider who can stay consistent and avoid a bad day.”

Lovkvist brings solid experience to the team, with 19th in last year’s Tour de France and 25th in the Giro in 2009, including a day in the pink jersey.

Barry will be lining up for his 10th career grand-tour start while others, such as Peter Kennough and Russel Downing, will be starting their first.

Team Sky for Giro d’Italia: Thomas Lovkvist, Michael Barry, Dario Cioni, Kjell Carlstrom, Davide Appollonio, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Peter Kennaugh, Morris Possoni, Russel Downing.