Chris Froome backed by strong Sky team at Tour de France

Team Sky's Chris Froome is a two-time winner of the Tour de France

Chris Froome's attempt to win a third Tour de France title in four years will be backed by a powerhouse Team Sky line-up next month.

Joining the 31-year-old star on the starting line at Mont St-Michel on July 2 will be three other British riders: Welsh pair Luke Rowe and Geraint Thomas and Englishman Ian Stannard.

Spanish duo Mikel Landa and Mikel Nieve will provide plenty of climbing support, as will Colombian Sergio Henao and Dutchman Wout Poels, with Belarusian time-trial specialist Vasil Kiriyenka picked for his all-round ability.

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