Chris Froome retained his Tour de Romandie title to put a shine on what has been a bad start to the season for Team Sky.

Team Sky may have won their third successive Tour de Romandie (Bradley Wiggins 2012 and Froome 2013), but is that just a consolation for what has been a bad start to the season for the biggest team in professional cycling?

After a non-existent classics campaign, sickness bugs decimating their Giro roster and former rider Michael Barry's claims of controversial pain killer Tramadol being regularly used within the team, Team Sky have not had the greatest starts to the season. 

Twin threat

One of the biggest mistakes they should be sitting ruing, is the missed opportunity of signing Orica GreenEdge twins Adam and Simon Yates. 

Products of the GB cycling academy, the pair may only be 21-year-old neo-pros, but have both show to have incredible talent. Simon rose to world prominence at the World Track Championships in Minsk in 2013, as he sprung out of nowhere to take the Rainbow Jersey in the Points Race.

He showed his potential as a climber on the road, as he won the first ever hill top finish in the Tour of Britain, racing for the Great Britain development squad, beating the likes of Bradley Wiggins, Nairo Quintana and David Lopez on the climb to Haytor. Proof of his tactical nous to match his physical ability. 

Slipping through the fingers of Sky Procycling, the Yates brothers landed in the hands of those fun-loving Aussies at Orica-Greenedge. Since, their arrival, the Yates' have done plenty to see their stock rise and make Team Sky regret passing on them.

Simon's 12th place at the Vuelta Pais Vasco was impressive, but it is Adam who has really shone this season. The Orica man began the season strongly in South America, as he took home the White Jersey for Best Young Rider at the Tour de San Luis. 

After a quiet spell of one day races, Adam returned with a strong ride at the Volta Catalunya and ably supported his brother at Pais Vasco. 

However, the youngster's abilties have been seen on the big stage, as he romped to an impressive victory at the Tour of Turkey. 

He jumped to second in the General Classification on the climb to Elmali, where only Cofidis' Rein Taaramae could finish ahead of the British climber. His brother crashed out on the same day, breaking his collarbone and ruling himself out for the rest of the race.

Adam raced on, eventually taking the leaders jersey, and stage victory, with an impressive performance on stage six, truly announcing himself as not just a "star of the future" but a star of the present.

Tour de Force

The reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome has, however, started well on his quest to retain his crown this July. Despite his early season being plagued with back trouble and illness, the Kenyan-born Brit won the vital building block stage race, the Tour de Romandie last weekend to give Sky hope of winning their third successive Tour. 

Would a Tour win for Froome mean a successful season for Sky? Of course. But could they aspire to success in other key races on the cycling calendar? Probably.

For now, Sky need to worry about the inevitable PR storm of Henao and Tiernan-Locke's doping investigations and Michael Barry's Tramadol revelations.