Poels disappointed by Tour de France snub

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Wout Poels conceded being overlooked for the Tour de France was a disappointment, but he remains committed to Team Sky.

Poels was one of Chris Froome's trusty lieutenants on his way to Tour victory in 2015 and 2016, but was not part of Sky's nine-man squad this time around.

A knee injury picked up by the Dutchman at the Ruta del Sol is behind his absence, Poels only returning in the recent Route du Sud, where he finished all four stages.

The 29-year-old had felt his display in the Pyrenees would be enough to secure his Tour spot, though Sky had other ideas.

"[Team principal] Dave Braislford called me on Wednesday," Poels told De Telegraaf. "If you get that call and you hear that you're not going, it hits you. 

"In recent months I have done everything to get to the Tour. I was confident that I was going. I think I was ready.

"I'm not angry, but certainly disappointed. As I understand it, I could not help it. Because of that knee injury I am of course a bit of a question mark.

"[But] this does not necessarily mean that I want to get away from Sky. I'm fine at the team and have another two years on my contract after this year. Disappointments are part of sport, I am very well aware of that."

Instead Poels will turn his attention to the Vuelta a Espana in August.

He added: "In July I'm going to prepare for the Vuelta. What my race programme will be prior to that, I do not know. 

"I'm at least happy that I have no pain in my knee, which is actually the most important thing of all."