Team Sky (SKY)

In the form of Sky, the British have put together a team of superlatives – the measure of all things in terms of planning for success. Manager Sir Dave Brailsford is the meticulous mastermind behind the successes of British Cycling on track and road at the London Olympics in 2012. Brailsford has been working full-time for Team Sky for two years. An additional sponsor is "21st Century Fox", which, just like British pay-TV broadcaster "BSkyB", is part of News Corp, a group of companies belonging to media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

The black "knights" with the white Sky logo and blue stripes on the sleeve and back are always easily recognisable in the field of riders. Every rider is a champion in his field: Chris Froome, the impassive Tour de France winner, who often does not get out of the saddle even on the steep climbs. Richie Porte, the little guy from Tasmania, both loyal helper and winner in his own right. Geraint Thomas, the untiring Welshman, who also enjoys riding on rough surfaces. Bernhard Eisel, the bearded Austrian who can keep up the pace at the front of the field for hours on end. Sir Bradley Wiggins, who recently finished his career in 18th place in what he considers to be the finest race of all, the Paris-Roubaix, is now setting up a team of his own and set a new world hour record in London on 7 June 2015 (54,526 km). All that "Sky" has lacked so far is an outstanding sprinter. Which is why Italian sprinter Elia Viviani was signed from Team Cannondale in 2015.