Sky Pro Cycling has been characterized as a ‘revolutionary’ club and the new innovator in the sport of cycling. The team has taken a ‘scientific approach’ using money from Ruppert Murdoch’s SKY company and the cutting-edge training techniques from the British Cycling Association’s program to make one of the world’s best franchised models. SKY is a top ranked UCI team based in England. This perennial team is led by 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist in the individual time trial Bradley Wiggins. SKY has come into 2013 riding hot with recent victories at Critérium du Dauphiné, with Chris Froome earning a stage win and the overall and a stage win by Edvald Boasson Hagen. Boasson Hagen has also won stages at the Tour de France in his career. Riding well this season for SKY is Australia’s Richie Porte, who won the overall and earned a stage win at this year’s Paris-Nice. The 2013 squad has also earned team victories at the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Norway and Tour de Romandie. The squad also consists of young American Joe Dombrowski who won the Best Young Rider and finished 10th overall at 2012 USA Pro Challenge. SKY looks to be one of the top teams for the USA Pro Challenge with experienced riders and great group of young talent led by Porte.
After 11 years in the professional cycling business, American Danny Pate says signing for HTC-Highroad in 2011 couldn’t have come at a better moment for him.“Mentally, I needed a new start and new surroundings and it’s a huge luxury to be able to sign for a top team and get the chance to move ahead again,” the 31-year-old from Colorado reflects,“Last season  wasn’t at all great for me, I didn’t perform well and often ended up at the wrong sort of races for me. But I’m still convinced I have a lot to offer as a pro bike racer and I’m determined to prove that at HTC-Highroad.”
The former U-23 World Time Trial Champion has raced with American teams nearly all his career and is convinced that “HTC-Highroad’s setup is going to be familiar to me in a lot of ways, which is a huge plus.”
“I’ll be focussing again on team time trials and leadouts for sprinters, as well as getting a chance for myself occasionally in some individual time trials. That combination of objectives is what I’ve done best in in the past, too. The HTC management could see last year what I was doing and they appreciated that I could slot into all sorts of similar areas with their squad, too.”
Pate’s discussions with HTC-Highroad for 2011 started after he and team owner Bob Stapleton met in passing at race hotels during the season.
“Bob’s a businessman, but he’s got a really approachable personality, too and we started chatting. I quickly realized that in HTC, I’d be working in an environment I liked.”
For 2011, Pate plans to further develop his specialty, individual time trialling, ""but I’m equally happy riding as a team worker. I was in that role when I did the Giro and Tour de France back to back in 2008 and 2009, and in one of those races that I had one of the best moments of my career, when I got third in a mountainous stage on the Tour.""
Pate is making it a goal this year to focus on the Tour of California, whether riding for himself or another rider. "Whatever best suits the squad as a whole is what I’ll be happy doing.”
DOB: March 24, 1979
Birth Place: Colorado
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, CO
Weight: 72 kg (155 lb)
Strengths: All Around
Pro Since: 2000
3rd Overall Critérium International
5th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
Stage Winner Tour de Georgia 2009
Winner Giro d’Italia TTT 2008