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Sir Bradley Wiggins made his return to Paris-Roubaix.
Spring has not gone quite as planned for Froome and his Team Sky team-mates.
Ian Stannard's own fortunes perhaps exemplified this best. He recorded a terrific victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in early March, but weeks later fractured a bone in a crash at Gent-Wevelgem, ending his Classics campaign.
Issues with injury and ill-health disrupted the first half of Froome's spring, while Richie Porte's plans to lead Sky at the Giro d'Italia were changed altogether after gastroenteritis scuppered his intended preparations at various stage races.
Although Grand Tour plans were hit, Sky did—save for Stannard's woes—enjoy commendable showings at the Monuments.
Ben Swift put in arguably the best performance of his career to date at Milan-Sanremo, finishing third ahead of more touted favourites like Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma—Quick Step), Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and BMC's Philippe Gilbert (the 26-year-old also won a stage at the Tour of the Basque Country and impressed at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, the overall being taken there by fellow Sky man Peter Kennaugh).
Swift now is looking forward to making a mark at the Giro this month.
Geraint Thomas took eighth at the prestigious Tour of Flanders, before a week later, he and Sir Bradley Wiggins were among a leading group of 10 heading into the final few kilometers of Paris-Roubaix.
Wiggins was the first Tour de France winner to have a serious crack at the 'Hell of the North' since Greg LeMond over 20 years earlier. He and Thomas were hanging with specialists like Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara, before Niki Terpstra got the jump on them all with his solo attack.
Yet while a Monument continues to elude a rider in Sky colours, their aptitude for races of a week or longer is not in question.
After all he and his team's recent issues, a fit, reinvigorated Froome was back to claim his second successive Tour de Romandie victory last week.
Boding well for his tilt at the Tour as defending champion was his decisive bettering of 2013 Giro winner Nibali in the mountains, and an even more dominant time trial victory to seal the whole thing.