Ian Stannard has been selected in Team Sky’s nine-man Tour de France squad.
The 28-year-old, who lives in Charlesworth near Glossop, has been with Team Sky since 2010 and this will be his second Tour de France having also taken part in 2013 when he played a key role as a domestique for Chris Froome, who went on to win the race overall.
His form has now seen him selected again. Having won his second successive Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium, he has also finished fourth in the Tour of Qatar and took a stage victory at the Tour de Romandie in 2015.
Stannard has been selected alongside team leader Chris Froome, Peter Kennaugh, Leopold Konig, Wout Poels, Richie Porte, Nicolas Roche, Luke Rowe and Geraint Thomas.
Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, said: “The Tour is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in years and we’ve chosen a team of talented riders for the race.
“We’ve studied this year’s route carefully and have selected the riders who we believe will best deliver our race strategy. Inevitably it is always a difficult decision. We’re all looking forward to a great race and we have a strong team – led by Chris Froome – that’s hungry for success.
“I’m confident that Team Sky will be competitive but of course we can take nothing for granted. One thing we can say for certain is that it’s going to be a great contest and a great three weeks of racing for the fans. That is fantastic for the sport of cycling.”