Team Sky name strong Tour de France support act for Froome

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Team Sky on Thursday announced a strong support act for defending champion Chris Froome in his bid to win a fourth Tour de France title.

Froome has won three of the last four editions of the most famous Grand Tour race and the Brit is the favourite to cross the line on the Champs-Elysees in the yellow jersey yet again next month.

Geraint Thomas, Mikel Landa, Milan-San Remo winner Michal Kwiatkowski and Paris-Nice winner Sergio Henao have been named in Team Sky's line-up for the 2017 edition of the Tour.

Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, and Luke Rowe will also don the Team Sky colours for a race that gets under way in Dusseldorf on July 1. Wout Poels, Pete Kennaugh and Ian Stannard all miss out.

Froome said: "The Tour de France is a special race and it would just be incredible to win it for a fourth time. Aiming for that fourth victory has given me a lot of motivation.
 
"To me, each Tour tells a different story. Every Tour is a different battle in terms of getting that yellow jersey and then trying to hold on to it.
 
"We're ready as a team and I can't wait for the Tour to start now. I just love it. It's a feeling that you don't get from any other race."

Team Sky Team Principal Dave Brailsford said: "We're really looking forward to the Tour. Chris is in good shape and he's ready for it.
 
"To win the Tour once is a huge achievement, but to win it a fourth time would be remarkable.

"We've selected a strong and experienced line-up who will support him, and we'll be looking to use the strength of the team to our advantage."