Sir Dave Brailsford has revealed Chris Froome’s support cast as sets about keeping the Tour de France yellow jersey in Team Sky quarters – adamant he’s assembled the perfect line up for the challenge.
Froome will act as the team leader for the 100th edition of the Tour de France, which starts in Corsica on June 29, with eight of the nine riders chosen together with him as he won the Criterium du Dauphine earlier this month.
The 28-year-old, who finished second behind Sir Bradley Wiggins last year, is one of four British riders in the Team Sky squad, with Peter Kennaugh, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas all earning selection.
Richie Porte, who finish second behind Froome at the Dauphine, Edvald Boasson Hagen, who has lined-up at each of Team Sky’s three Tour de France appearances, Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez and Kanstantsin Siutsou complete the squad.
Siutsou is the addition to the line up from the Dauphine and team principle Brailsford is expecting them to shine in the mountains in particular as Froome bids to upgrade his second-place finish from last year.
“Making the final selection of riders has been especially tough this year but we believe that we've found the right combination for the Tour de France. We have a group of nine riders that are all in great form and ready for the challenge ahead,” said Brailsford.
“The Tour de France has been the main goal for Chris this season and he goes into the race in great shape. With four stage-race wins this year Chris has not only grown as a rider but also importantly as a leader.
“Around him are eight quality riders who have each earned their place in the team. They will add the climbing ability and the engines to provide the perfect support for Chris, especially in the crucial mountain stages.
“We've seen what this group are capable of at the Dauphine and all have raced with Chris successfully at some stage this year. We have got a very strong squad for the Tour and we’re all looking forward to getting underway.”
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