Team Sky press conference, could it be Wiggins, Swift announcement?
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Team Sky press conference, could it be Wiggins, Swift announcement?

by VeloNation Press at 3:01 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 

Tomorrow at 11am Team Sky Principal David Brailsford is holding a press conference in London to give an "Update" on the British Team Sky. The press conference has undertones that something big may very well be about to break. The first thing on everyone's mind is that it could have to do with the signing of British riders Bradley Wiggins or Ben Swift, or perhaps the team has managed pull off a coup and secure them both.

Wiggins rose to the top of Team Sky's priority list this summer with his remarkable performance in the Tour de France that saw him finish in fourth place overall. A few weeks ago Garmin-Transitions manager Jonathan Vaughters admitted that their star rider had expressed to him the desire to ride for the British Team Sky.

"He has let it be known to me that he'd like to be with Sky," Vaughters told BBC Sport. "I haven't spoken to him recently, but I think he has a strong desire to be part of the first UK pro team."

Vaughters' comments came after a report by French newspaper L'Equipe that claimed Wiggins had been released from his contract. But it's not that simple. Vaughters continued: "It's important to remember that he signed a contract with us for two years.

"I understand his desire to be part of the first UK pro-team, but I also have responsibilities to Garmin and the team's sponsors."

Another British rider that the team has expressed a lot of interest in is 22-year-old Ben Swift who is currently under contract with Katusha. The Russian team, like Vaughters, also said they had no interest in letting the rider go, saying in a press release: “Concerning rumours about Ben Swift moving to another team, Katusha declares that the English rider has signed a regular UCI contract until the end of 2010 season and that it will be respected.”

While on the surface it looks as though both riders are locked into their contracts for 2010, earlier events all point to Christmas coming early for the British team.

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