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Thomas, Downing to join Team Sky for 2010

Team Sky, the pending British road cycling team, announced six of its riders for the 2010 season, including Olympic gold medal winner Geraint Thomas and 2009 Tour of Ireland winner Russell Downing. More riders are set to be announced on Thursday, with speculation that British star Bradley Wiggins could be among them. Thomas, 23, was the youngest rider in the 2007 Tour de France and won team pursuit gold in Beijing alongside Wiggins, who finished fourth in July's Tour.

By AFP

Team Sky, the pending British road cycling team, announced six of its riders for the 2010 season, including Olympic gold medal winner Geraint Thomas and 2009 Tour of Ireland winner Russell Downing.

More riders are set to be announced on Thursday, with speculation that British star Bradley Wiggins could be among them.

Thomas, 23, was the youngest rider in the 2007 Tour de France and won team pursuit gold in Beijing alongside Wiggins, who finished fourth in July’s Tour.

The team expects to take part in the Tour de France next year.

Other announced riders include Barloworld teammates Steve Cummings and Chris Froome, plus Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh.

The six recruits are the first names of a 25-strong squad to be confirmed by Team Sky, the British-look road team backed by satellite broadcasting giant BSkyB.

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford will oversee team affairs, at the top of a management and coaching system integrated into the successful British Cycling track and academy programs.

“In the coming weeks and months they will be joined by other riders, from Britain and overseas,” Brailsford said. “We will announce their new team-mates as and when we are able to. In the meantime, we will continue to respect all riders’ arrangements with existing teams and only comment on the riders we have signed, as and when we do.”