Cavendish takes Tirreno lead as Omega wins TTTBritain's Bradley Wiggins leads his Sky teammates as they ride during the first stage of the Tirreno Adriatico cycling race from Donoratico to San Vincenzo, Italy, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. British sprinter Mark Cavendish leads the Tirreno-Adriatico after his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team won a time trial to open the weeklong cycling race on Wednesday. Omega clocked 20 minutes over the 18.5-kilometer (11.5-mile) route from Donoratico to San Vincenzo. It was an identical start from last year, when Cavendish also took the lead with an Omega win. Alberto Contador's Tinkoff Saxo placed fourth, 24 seconds behind. Sky, with Bradley Wiggins and Richie Porte, was sixth, 27 seconds behind. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari, Lapresse)
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- This year's Giro d'Italia will be missing two of cycling's biggest names after Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the last two winners of the Tour de France, were left out of Team Sky's nine-man lineup for the May 9-June 1 race.
Wiggins is competing in the Tour of California in May while Froome is being rested ahead of the defense of his Tour de France title in July.
The British team will also be without Australian rider Richie Porte, whose season has been disrupted by illness. Porte is looking to be at full fitness to support Froome at the Tour de France.
Irish rider Philip Deignan will compete in his first Grand Tour for the Team Sky. Three stages of the Giro are in Northern Ireland and Ireland.