2012 Tour De France: Why Team Sky Has Been Built to Be a Dream Team

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2012

SISTERON, FRANCE - MARCH 09:  Team SKY work for race leader Bradley Wiggins at the front of the peloton during stage six of the 2012 Paris-Nice cycle race from Suze-la-Rousse to Sisteron on March 9, 2012 in Suze, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 edition of the Tour de France about to get underway on Saturday, Team Sky are about to embark on a quest to make history.

Team Sky has been built around Bradley Wiggins, who is the favorite to win the race, and has been dominant all season long.

As many cycling fans know, Wiggins is not the only accomplished cyclist on the nine-man Tour de France squad.

Actually, all nine of the Team Sky riders all highly accomplished and are a part of what can be classified as a dream team of cycling.

The British-based team not only is the favorite to win the entire race, but they also will pack a punch in the group sprints as Mark Cavendish and Bernhard Eisel, who came over from the now defunct Team HTC-High Road, will join Edvald Boasson Hagen as the top sprinters on the team.

The other members of the team were put on the squad to help Wiggins conquer the most famous race in all of cycling.

Wiggins was forced out of the 2011 version of the race with a broken collarbone that he suffered in Stage 7 and has come back very strong by winning Paris-Nice, the Tour of Romandie and the Criterium de Dauphine this season.

He will be challenged by last year's winner Cadel Evans and Frank Schleck, as well as a small group of riders that will emerge during the race as contenders.

Michael Rogers, who has two top-10 finishes in the Tour de France, will be the man that will help Wiggins over the major mountains.  The four domestiques on the squad. however, will power the peloton for most of the race.

Those four men are Chris Froome, Christian Knees, Richie Porte and Kanstantsin Sivtsov.

Knees and Sivtsov will most likely be the first two men to lead out the peloton each day no matter what type of stage it is, while Froome and Porte will take over later in the stage.

The one man to watch out of these four is Porte, who came over from Team Saxo Bank this offseason and who was a super domestique for Alberto Contador last season.

Although he does not have the strength like Rogers and Wiggins to finish with the leaders on a mountain stage, Porte will be the man to do  damage to the main field in the Pyrenees and the Alps.

Not only will the team be after the leaders' yellow jersey for Wiggins, but the green jersey for the top sprinter will also be a target for them as they have three legitimate contenders.

Cavendish may not last the whole tour as he is focusing more on the Summer Olympics in London so the door may be open for someone new to take over the points classification.

That man may just be Boasson Hagen, who is a strong overall rider and is a very fast sprinter.

Team Sky also boast a perfect lead out man in Eisel who was the top lead out man for Cavendish when they were both at Team HTC-High Road.

More importantly, both Eisel and Boasson Hagen have the quality to finish the whole race and even grab points on days where most sprinters just sit back, enjoy the ride and try to finish within the time limit.

The team as a whole can also take home a victory as the team classification will be up for grabs with Team Sky only needing the times of their top three riders to count for their team total.

With a successful 2012 Tour de France, Team Sky could win the overall, points, and team classifications and start leaving their legacy on the sport of cycling as a Dream Team.