November 27, 2009 (Manchester, UK) – Canada’s Michael Barry has signed with the newly formed Team Sky and as Barry describes, “The team is incredibly well organized and the infrastructure is impressive. It’s beyond anything I have ever seen in cycling.” The team met in Manchester this week for introductions and planning and we caught up with Barry for an update on what lies ahead…
Where was the Team Sky meeting held and what’s the focus of this first gathering?
Michael Barry: The meeting was held in Manchester to plan for the coming season, to get the staff and riders together, and to finalize the logistics before we attack the racing season.
Have there been any new developments since the roster of 19 riders was finalized and announced?
MB: A total of 25 riders are on the team – here’s the full roster: Geraint Thomas, Steve Cummings, Pete Kennaugh, Chris Froome, Ian Stannard, Russell Downing, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Thomas Löfkvist, Kurt Arvesen, Simon Gerrans, Juan Antonio Flecha, Kjell Carlstrom, John Lee Augustyn, Greg Henderson, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Morris Possoni, Michael Barry, Serge Pauwels, Chris Sutton, Sylvain Calzati, Nicolas Portal and Mathew Hayman
Team Sky has been awarded a 4-yr ProTour licence – when do you expect to hear about possibly being invited to the 2010 Tour de France?
MB: I am not sure. The team is hoping to be selected as we have a strong roster which will surely have a positive impact on the race. The team is incredibly well organized and the infrastructure is impressive. It’s beyond anything I have ever seen in cycling.
Can you tell us more about the team’s first training camp and which race Team Sky will debut at?
MB: Sky will debut at the first Pro Tour race of the season, the Tour Down Under. We’ll have our training camp early in January.
The London 2012 Olympic Games released their first images of the new Olympic Velodrome, Stadium and Olympic village – is Team Sky involved in any of the pre-Games promotions?
MB: For the moment we haven’t been involved in the promotions although I am sure some of my British teammates have.
Do you have any personal goals for 2010?
MB: To win one of the ProTour races in Canada.