Chris Froome to face tough competition at Tour of the Alps

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) have confirmed they will take on Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) at the Tour of the Alps , as all three use the mountainous stage race to prepare for the rapidly approaching Giro d'Italia that starts in Israel on May 4. This year's Tour of the Alps starts in Arco on Monday, April 16 and ends in Innsbruck on Friday, April 20, covering much of the hilly circuit that will be used in this year's World Championships in late September. The five stages include 13,100 metres of climbing and a mountain finish to Alpe di Pampeago on stage 2. While Froome's racing has been overshadowed by his on-going salbutamol case , he is determined to race on as he tries to prove his innocence to the UCI anti-doping authorities. Team Sky have often used the Tour of the Alps to ...

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