Peter Kennaugh has spoken of his delight at being named in Team Sky’s squad to compete in this year’s Tour de France.
The 24-year-old Manxman will make his debut in the Grand Tour when it begins this Saturday after being selected as one of four Britons in the nine-man Sky line-up which is focused on aiding Chris Froome’s bid to win the yellow jersey.
The Olympic gold medalist commented: ‘I’m really happy to be one of the nine guys selected from such a strong team.
‘It is something I did not really target at the start of the season, but I have come into a late run of form, and to be selected is a dream come true.’
Kennaugh’s inclusion comes on the back of a series of impressive displays in the Criterium du Dauphine where he played a key role in Froome winning the stage race overall.
‘I had a good idea I would be in it (after the Dauphine), but it is nice to hear you have officially been selected. To be a year ahead of where we want to be is good.’
Pete came close to Mark Cavendish’s local 10-mile record last week - see page 59 of this issue.