2015 Velo Awards: Sky is Best Men’s Team
Chris Froome’s Tour de France victory, supported by the likes of Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte, and Wout Poels, was the most visible expression of Team Sky’s dominance in 2015. But the British squad was in the mix over Belgian cobbles, up French cols, and many places in between.
“This year I had a really good combination of working for the team and going for my own goals, so I was a happy man,” says Poels, who won a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico and another at the Tour of Britain, where he finished second overall. “I always really like to put my Sky kit on and jump on my bike. I’m quite proud of it, being part of the team.”
Australian Porte was a star in one-week races, winning both Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya. Welshman Thomas was a force in the classics, capturing E3 Harelbeke and taking third in Gent-Wevelgem. Elia Viviani racked up eight sprint victories from February to October. Vasil Kiryienka filled the time trial void opened by the departure of Bradley Wiggins, with a win at the Giro and TT gold at Richmond worlds.
When Porte abandoned the Giro, Leopold König stepped into a leadership role and climbed to sixth overall. Likewise, when Froome dropped out of the Vuelta, Mikel Nieve made the domestique-to-GC-leader transition and delivered an eighth place finish.
Assembling a star-studded roster is one thing, but the ability to turn potential into consistent success puts Sky a notch above the rest of the field.