Following a disappointing opening few stages of the 2015 Paris-Nice race in France, Team Sky have come good in hill county as they recorded a spectacular 1st and 2nd place finish to win the fourth stage. Richie Porte came first whilst Geraint Thomas came second in order to give Sky the all important win which has put the team in an excellent position in the rest of the race.
Porte and the rest of Team Sky dominated the first climb stage of the seven day long race, with Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski coming third in order to take the overall lead in the competition. Hopes are high for Team Sky though, as climbing sections are their speciality and based on the results of the first section, they can look forward to more points to come and potentially go on to win the entire race.
Porte won the race in 2013, and the Australian had this to say following his stage win: "“Two years ago I won this race on a mountain stage and now we have two hard stages ahead of us before Col d’Èze, I love Col d’Èze, I did very well on it two years ago. I hope to do it again. I love Paris-Nice, it’s a very important race for me.”
Meanwhile, new race leader (with a one second lead on Porte) Kwiatkowski was surprised to be in the lead, saying: “I’m a little bit surprised to take back the jersey, I had good legs today and the team did a great [job] to take me to the final climb.”
Team Sky have had a great start to 2015, with Richie Porte winning the Australian National Time Trial championships by a margin of eight seconds and going on to win the Tour Down Under. Elia Viviani also recorded his first victory for the team, taking the sprint victory on stage two of the Dubai Tour, leading to plenty of praise on the Sky phone number free for customers. In February the team dominated the Vuelta a Andalucía and Volta ao Algarve as Froome and Thomas took the titles respectively. It hasn't all been smooth sailing for the racing team though, with controversy still brewing around Bradley Wiggins not being selected for the Tour De France in 2014.
Still, Wiggins isn't letting that get to him, and as his contract with Team Sky ends in April, Wiggins will be launching his own team; Team Wiggins. Wiggins has confirmed that the Tour de Yorkshire will be amongst the first events his team ride in. Sky, meanwhile, have had to take criticism on the free Sky customer service number for letting the biggest name in their team leave the team. That being said, Wiggins is now 34 years old and with a raft of exciting new british talent coming through the ranks it's only a matter of time before a new face arrives to put Britain back on the cycling main stage.
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