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Chris Froome confirms he will race in the 2015 Tour de France

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Chris Froome has announced that he will look to win back his title at the 2015 Tour de France, indicating that it is his 'main focus'.

Froome was forced to retire during this year's race after crashing twice on stage five.

The 2013 winner previously suggested he may skip next year's Tour, in favour of the Giro D'Italia and the Vuelta á España after the route revealed in October.

"It's a climbers' Tour next year so I'm going to have to work extra hard in the mountains"

Talking to the Team Sky website, the 29-year-old said: "At this point in my career, I feel the Tour takes priority.

"I've enjoyed my time off, and now I am concentrating on preparing myself mentally and physically for the season ahead.

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"It's a climbers' Tour next year so I'm going to have to work extra hard in the mountains and spend less time on practising time-trialling," Froome continued.

Surprise decision

The quotes come as a slight surprise considering Froome's climbing prowess - he was victorious on the summit finishes of Ax 3 Domaines and the legendary Mont Ventoux en route to his first Tour victory.

The 2015 Tour will be the 102nd edition of the event and it promises to be one of the toughest in recent memory, with cobbled sections and five summit finishes set to feature - including one up the Alpe d'Huez - but only 14 kilometres of individual time-trialling.

This year's champion Vincenzo Nibali, along with Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana, are expected to be the Briton's strongest rivals as he bids to win a second Tour.

The Tour de France is the world's largest annual sporting event.

THREE TOURS CHALLENGE

*The concept of doing all three Grand Tours in a season has got appeal*

The Team Sky rider also seemed to dismiss the €1 million challenge of riding in all three Grand Tours, set by Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov, owner of rival team, Tinkoff-Saxo.

"The concept of doing all three Grand Tours in a season has got appeal, but I know how hard it is to do two Grand Tours while targeting the overall win," Froome remarked.

Froome finished second in the Vuelta this year, as well as in 2011, but his best result in the Giro was 34th back in 2009. He was also instrumental in supporting Bradley Wiggins to victory in the 2012 Tour.

He is scheduled to return to competitive action at the Ruta del Sol in February. 

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