Tour De France 2012: Biggest Questions Facing Team Sky After Dominant Outing

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJuly 23, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 22:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling celebrates with his wife Cath and children on a processional lap after winning the 2012 Tour de France after the twentieth and final stage of the 2012 Tour de France, from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees on July 22, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Team Sky owned the 2012 Tour de France, and they way they are built, they will keep owning cycling's grand event.

The big battle here will be for them to keep this powerhouse team together, and as such, most of the questions surrounding their future will revolve around that. 

 

Will Mark Cavendish return? 

The Manx Missile sacrificed a lot to join Team Sky. He went from the being the focus of a team, to being a player on a team whose focus was pushing Wiggins to the Tour title. 

This still didn't prevent Cavendish from winning four stages, but there is little question that Cavendish could win more on a team geared towards his success. 

So, will Cavendish bolt for another team, or can Team Sky come up with a way to make it worth it for him to stay? 

 

Should Chris Froome stay? 

Froome has to have his sights on winning the Tour himself. He definitely has the talent to be on the short list of contenders. 

With Wiggins firmly entrenched as the center of Team Sky, Froome may feel the best thing for his career is to move on. However, Froome would likely be given a chance to shine between now and the next Tour de France, and when the next Tour rolls around, he very well could be given the opportunity to race for the title. This will not be an easy choice for Froome. 

 

Will Bradley Wiggins repeat? 

There is no reason to think that Wiggins, 32, can't repeat. He is starting to get up there in age, but the dude is clearly right in his prime, and he will not have suffered any setbacks in just a year from now. 

Whatever changes Team Sky undergoes, they are sure to be loaded, which means Wiggins should enter next year's Tour as the favorite.