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Sky's riches could be downfall - Roche; CYCLING.

STEPHEN ROCHE believes an embarrassment of riches could have a detrimental impact on Team Sky's Tour de France hopes this summer.

Twenty five years on from his own Tour success, Roche anticipates a tactical struggle within the British team, with Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome capable of winning the yellow jersey and world champion Mark Cavendish likely to aim to win stages and defend the points classification's green jersey he won in 2011.

"It's going to be a complicated mix and wanting to take all the cream on the apple tart could make the cream turn sour," Roche said.

"It will change the tactics from the other teams if Sky are winning everything.

"Generally it doesn't work out (to have a sprinter and overall contender). You only have nine men in the team.

"Do they ride flat out on all those flat stages for Cavendish and lose energy for the climbs?" If Sky team principal Dave Brailsford can mastermind a tactical plan, Roche believes overall success is possible.

Roche, the 1987 champion, added: "A couple of years ago when Team Sky was launched and their ambitions were announced, we all thought it was a bit pretentious.

"Now they're in their third season and they probably have two British contenders for the overall. It's an amazing story."

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 18, 2012
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