Peter Kennaugh has been set the challenge of helping Team Sky's Chris Froome win the Tour de France, which begins on Saturday, and has admitted: "It is one of the best teams in the world to be involved with." 

The 24-year-old was selected last week for the Tour after impressing at the recent Tour du Dauphine.

He is one of four British riders names in the team - alongside Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas and Froome - who was second in 2012, behind Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Spain's David Lopez, Australia's Richie Porte, Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway and Belarusian duo Kanstantsin Siutsou and Vasil Kiryienka make up the rest of the squad.

"The Tour de France is an incredible event. I have watched it every year since I was six. I almost had to pinch myself when I was told I was going." Kennaugh told the BBC.

"I was invited to the a pre-Tour de France training camp and that was when they started talking about me being in the team," he added.

In 2012 the Manx rider helped Great Britain to World and Olympic titles in the team pursuit, but the Isle of Man rider states that the Tour de France is his main goal.

"Everyone thought the Olympics was a big deal but for me the Tour de France is the ultimate as a cyclist. Hopefully we can go there and win it."


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