Tuesday 23 May 2017

Roche misses out on Tour call

Roche was part of the Sky team that supported Chris Froome on his way to victory in last year’s Tour. Picture credit: Stephen McMahon / SPORTSFILE
Roche was part of the Sky team that supported Chris Froome on his way to victory in last year’s Tour. Picture credit: Stephen McMahon / SPORTSFILE

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Nicolas Roche has been overlooked for the Team Sky squad that will line up for the Tour de France next week.

Roche, who will be participating in the national road championships in Kilcullen this weekend, was part of the Sky team that supported Chris Froome on his way to victory in last year's Tour and has finished each edition of the race since 2009.

The British outfit have an embarrassment of riches and have named a powerful squad to help Froome retain his title. Joining the 31-year-old star on the starting line at Mont St-Michel on July 2 will be three other British riders: Welsh pair Luke Rowe and Geraint Thomas and Englishman Ian Stannard.

Spanish duo Mikel Landa and Mikel Nieve will provide plenty of climbing support, as will Colombian Sergio Henao and Dutchman Wout Poels, with Belarusian time-trial specialist Vasil Kiriyenka picked for his all-round ability.

"Every Tour is different, so that means choosing the team we believe is best equipped to deal with the many different challenges of this race," said Brailsford.

Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) and Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) have been named on their teams to start the three-week race

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