Froome to be supported in Tour bid by strong Team Sky line-up


Chris Froome's attempt to win his third Tour de France will see him supported by trusty Team Sky lieutenant Geraint Thomas once again.

Froome claimed his second yellow jersey 12 months ago, as he held off the challenge of Movistar's Nairo Quintana, the Briton finishing one minute and 12 seconds clear of his rival.

The 2015 edition of the Grand Tour also saw Thomas come to the fore, and he was in the general classification top places until an untimely crash on stage 16.

Team Sky's squad for the 2016 race - which begins on July 2 - also includes Vasil Kiryienka, Wout Poels and climbers Sergio Henao, Mikel Landa and Mikel Nieve.

The nine-man team is completed by Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard, the British pair expected to do a lot of the hard work for Froome in the opening kilometres of the 21-stage event.

Speaking about his line-up, team principal Dave Brailsford told Team Sky's official website: "Every Tour is different, so that means choosing the team we believe is best equipped to deal with the many different challenges of this race.

"We have selected a talented group of riders with Chris as the leader once again. I know they will do everything they can to help him try to win yellow."