In the first of a three-part season review we take a detailed look back at 2018 – arguably Team Sky’s best year to date.
That momentum was carried through to Colombia as Team Sky journeyed to South America in February to compete for the first time at Colombia Oro y Paz. On the eve of the race our riders swept the Colombian national championships, with Bernal winning the time trial and Sergio Henao defending his road race title. The inaugural Oro y Paz saw incredible crowds and a youthful Team Sky lineup featuring three Colombians did not disappoint. Some audacious final day tactics saw Bernal snatch overall victory in Manizales beneath the Torre de Chipre. A new star had arrived.
Success at Tirreno-Adriatico has proved elusive for Team Sky over the years but 2018 finally produced a victory in the ‘Race of Two Seas’. In a talent-stacked squad it was Michal Kwiatkowski who prevailed and lifted the trident trophy. The Pole was able to edge into the lead on stage five and pad out his advantage in the final TT. That final stage also saw Geraint Thomas jump up onto the final podium in third.