Froome to race in Tour de France

Britain’s Chris Froome intends to compete in next year’s Tour de France after hinting he might miss it in favour of

riding in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana instead.

The 2013 champion, 29, described next year’s Tour as a “tough test” when the route was announced in October.

But the Team Sky captain, who is training in South Africa, will now make the race his “main focus” for the year.

“At this point in my career, I feel the Tour takes priority,” he said.

With a tricky first week and a shortage of individual time-trial kilometres,

defending champion Vincenzo Nibali

and Spain’s Alberto Contador will start as favourites for the 2015 Tour de France.

“It’s a climbers’ Tour next year so I’m going to have to work extra hard in the mountains and spend less time on practising time-trialling,” Froome, who crashed out of this year’s race, told the

Team Sky website.  

“I enjoy the challenge and there’s no reason why I would be any worse off than any of the other contenders.

“It is our responsibility as a team to adapt accordingly so that we can be as competitive as possible there.”

Kenyan-born Froome has been challenged by rival team owner Oleg Tinkov to compete in all three of

2015’s Grand Tours

for a prize fund of one million euros (£789,329).

But the Briton said: “The concept of doing all three Grand Tours in a season has got appeal, but I know how hard it is to do two Grand Tours while targeting the overall win.

“There may come a time at some point down the line where other races may take preference, but, for 2015, it’s the Tour.”

2015 Tour de France route

The 2015 Tour de France route, which will be raced over from 4 to 26 July

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/30288604

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