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Can Team Sky dominate the Tour de France this year?

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Team Sky could dominate for years (©GettyImages)
Team Sky could dominate for years (©GettyImages).

Team Sky have dominated the Tour de France for the last two years but can they continue their impressive form this year?

I believe they can due to the sheer experience they have in their ranks at the moment.

The team - led by Dave Brailsford - have two Tour de France winners in their squad and although Bradley Wiggins isn't a certainty to race at the Tour, they still have last year's winner Chris Froome.

I think it would be a mistake not to take Wiggins though as his experience of winning the Tour will be vital in helping to try and secure a second consecutive win for Froome and a third consecutive win for Team Sky.

It has been said that Wiggins was unhappy with being given the role of supporting his team-mate rather than being the leader but the Olympic Gold medallist would do a great job for Froome if he did support him.

With these two riders in the team, it is hard to look past another win for the Englishman as he has such a strong group of riders behind him.

Riders such as Richie Porte - who last year did an excellent job for Froome as he protected his leader throughout the three weeks - could easily try and win the Tour for himself showing how much depth Sky have.

The other teams in the prestigious event all have their stand out riders and these cyclists are phenomenal but I don't think they have good enough support behind them.

Alberto Contador should be Froome's closest challenger as he will be able to match him in the mountains and in the team time trial but Froome should have the edge in the individual time trial, which the leading Sky riders are usually so good at.

Other contenders will be Alejandro Valverde and Tejay Van Garderen. The Spaniard was unlucky last year when a mechanical fault left him and his team behind the lead riders meaning he failed to make it back to them due to horrendous cross winds.

Van Garderen has big boots to fill as he leads the BMC team in the absence of Cadel Evans.

There is good news for Team Sky and Froome though as last year's runner up, King of the Mountains and Best Young Rider winner Nairo Quintana decided to go for Giro d'Italia glory rather than racing in the Tour de France. 

Overall, Team Sky have the opportunity to win the Tour de France for the next few years if they can keep such a strong team together, which in itself causes a problem with many of the riders hungry to lead their own teams.

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