Froome leads Team Sky in Vuelta

Britain’s Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the three-week Vuelta a Espana, which starts on Saturday, 23 August.

Froome, 29, who

quit the Tour de France last month

because of injury, leads a team of nine at the third Grand Tour of the season which includes fellow Britons Peter Kennaugh and Luke Rowe.

“This is exactly the sort of challenge that I need,” Froome said.

“You can’t dwell on disappointment, you have to move on quickly and the Vuelta is the perfect race to focus on.”

Another Briton, Adam Yates, will ride for Orica GreenEdge, but it is unclear whether Mark Cavendish will be in the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team.

The Manx sprint specialist

dislocated a shoulder and suffered ligament damage

when he crashed near the end of the opening stage of the Tour de France, which started in Yorkshire.

Froome, who won the 2013 Tour, lasted until the fifth stage of the 21-stage race, which was

won by Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali.

The Briton had resumed riding after his first fall in wet conditions, but withdrew after his second crash with around 66km of the stage to go.

It later emerged he had

suffered fractures to his wrist and hand.

“I’m really pleased with how my recovery has gone since the Tour,” Froome said.

“I’m a little bit light on racing days this year so getting a Grand Tour under my belt will not only help me now, but it will also help my preparation for next year.”

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford announced last week that Sir Bradley Wiggins, the first British winner of the Tour de France in 2012, would

defend his Tour of Britain title

in September rather than race at the Vuelta a Espana,

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