Tour de France winner Chris Froome has signed a new contract with Team Sky for 2014.

The Yellow Jersey holder has joined nine other Sky riders, including most notably Peter Kennaugh, David Lopez and Ian Stannard, in committing their future to Sky for the next season.

The six other riders who have signed new deals are: Luke Rowe, Salvatore Puccio, Sergio Henao, Chris Sutton, Danny Pate and Xabier Zandio.

Arguably Froome's two most important support riders Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte both signed new deals mid-season and Sky have signed another potential key support rider in Spanish rider Mikel Nieve, who finished twelfth in the most recent edition of the Tour de France.

Froome said in a statement: "This has been an incredible year for me and I am delighted to finish it off by signing a new contract with Team Sky.

"I have been with this team since the start and I know this is the right place for me to continue to grow as a rider."

Sky performance manager Rod Ellingworth said of Froome's new contract: "Everyone is excited to kick things off again in 2014 and we do so with what we believe is the most talented team in the world.

"We have consolidated what is an incredibly strong group of guys over the winter. The team's core remains intact and that is important going forward.

"Everyone is committed to keep improving and we always look to provide the best environment for riders to do that."

Earlier this month Froome spoke of his desire to retain his Tour de France title as a way of bringing back credibility to the sport. No rider has retained his Tour title without retrospectively having his reputation ruined since 1995.

The length of Froome's contract is unknown. 

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