The frightening prospect facing Cadel Evans and BMC is not just a rampant Bradley Wiggins, but the ominous prospect of Team Sky as a whole.
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7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:37 PM

Wiggins has been in career-best form this year, targeting, and winning every race on his 2012 calendar. This week's Criterium du Dauphine looks no different.

If Wiggins was in any other team, he'd still be a favourite to take a maiden Tour de France title for Britain in July. Team Sky however provide not only extra firepower to his bid, but viable alternative options.

The team confirmed just how real those other options are after Thursday's 53.5km Bourg-en-Bresse time trial.

Sky holds an enviable position with five riders including Wiggins; Michael Rogers, Chris Froome, Kanstantsin Sivtsov, and Richie Porte sitting inside the Top-25.

All of the above have finished in the top 10 at a Grand Tour in the past - and they're all in the same team.

With that in mind, it's scary to think of the scenario that could play out at the Tour de France in just over three weeks time, particularly with the amount of time trialling that riders will face.

What's to say that Team Sky won't hold a similar position as at the Criterium du Dauphine, at the Tour after the riders complete the first major time trial in Annecy?

How will Team Sky's rivals mark, two, three or four riders in the Alps, all of which are likely to gain time on the penultimate day's chrono test in Chartres? Think back to the 2008 Tour de France, when Evans was caught between following Andy Schleck, Frank Schleck, and Carlos Sastre. But imagine all those riders also being able to time trial. Scared?

The possible caveat for any team of such talent, is discord, or competing ambition getting in the way of success. But by all accounts, Wiggins is a natural born leader. If anything the chemistry in Team Sky is giving the team a lift, and its riders seem more than happy to sacrifice themselves, if need be, for the Brit.

He's a real leader, that's what every team needs. Look, he looks after his guys. I honestly couldn't speak more highly of the man. I know it's a cliché that everyone says their leaders are great but it's great to be part of the team.

And Michael Rogers:

He's certainly not a pushy type compared to some leaders. He commands respect from everyone and he gets that through his commitment.


Perhaps the actions of Edvald Boasson Hagen, speak louder. The Norwegian, could well win the Dauphine in his own right one day, but has sacked himself on the front all week for Sky, and Wiggins.

We've seen super teams come apart before at the Tour de France. The formula doesn't always work.

BMC and Garmin-Barracuda have shown success is bred by the bond of a team, rather than the abilities of its individual components.

But what if you have both, strong riders, and a strong bond between them? That's the quinella that Team Sky boasts, and without sounding fatalistic, it's going to be damn hard for any team to challenge that come July.