Chris Froome leads Team Sky at Tour de France

Chris Froome
Chris Froome

Chris Froome has been named as the leader for Team Sky at the Tour de France after the UCI ended its anti-doping investigation in to the four-time winner on Monday.

Froome, 33, is seeking a record-equalling fifth Tour crown and fourth in a row, but organisers had moved to block him from racing at all prior to the investigation into an adverse analytical finding for Salbutamol at La Vuelta last year concluding.

Froome currently holds all three Grand Tour titles after following up last year's Tour and Vuelta wins with victory in the Giro d'Italia in May.

He will be supported in France by a strong line-up which includes fellow Brits Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe, former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski, Egan Bernal, Jonathan Castroviejo, Gianni Moscon, and Wout Poels.

Froome is bidding to move level with Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain as the only five-time winners of the Tour, and also to become the first man to do the Giro-Tour double since Marco Pantani in 1998 - and to do so despite the mental pressures which have come in the nine months since he returned that adverse analytical finding at La Vuelta in September.

"The last twelve months have been the hardest but also the most incredible of my career," he said. "I've never started the Tour de France after riding the Giro d'Italia and it has meant a completely different approach to my season. But I learnt a lot from riding the Vuelta straight after the Tour de France last year which has given me confidence coming into this race.

"I want to make history with a fifth Tour de France win and fourth consecutive Grand Tour. I am under no illusion about the challenge, but I am feeling ready and I couldn't ask for a better team to support me. This is the biggest race of the year, in front of the most passionate cycling fans, and I can't wait to get racing."

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