Team Sky confirm squad to help Chris Froome in Tour de France bid

Chris Froome on the final Tour de France podium in 2013 with Barnard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Miguel

Team Sky have confirmed the line-up to support Chris Froome in his bid for a fifth Tour de France title. Tour de France organisers ASO had tried to block Froome from riding but they dropped the motion when the 33-year-old was cleared in his nine-month-long salbutamol case on Monday. As expected, Colombian climbing talent Egan Bernal will make his debut with Geraint Thomas, Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Luke Rowe, Wout Poels and Gianni Moscon completing the line-up. Froome risked heading into the Tour with a cloud hanging over his head, as the case examining the elevated levels of salbutamol found in an anti-doping test at last year’s Vuelta a Espana rumbled on with no end in sight. ASO’s attempt to try to block Froom’s participation – which Team Sky was appealing – appears to have forced the hand of the authorities and he was cleared of any wrongdoing on Monday. ...

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