Team Sky to skip Vuelta for Tour of Britain


Tour de France winners, Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, will line up at next month’s Tour of Britain rather than the Vuelta a Espana, Team Sky said on Thursday.

Froome will make his first appearance in the British race since 2009, instead of the final grand tour of the season.

Also, Thomas would return to the race on home shores after winning his maiden tour title last month.

The pair will be joined by Dutchman, Wout Poels, when the race begins at Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire, on Sept. 2.

“As soon as I’d finished the tour, I knew I wanted to ride the Tour of Britain and race on home roads.

“I want to go to the race in the shape to compete and enjoy it,’’ Thomas said.

“We’ll have to see how the next few weeks go but I’m looking forward to it and I know we will have a strong team there.

“ Poels is looking really good at the moment too,’’ Thomas added.

Six-time Grand Tour winner, Froome will be racing his first Tour of Britain as Team Sky rider, while Thomas finished seventh overall last year.

Their participation rules them out of the Vuelta a Espana, which starts on Aug. 25.

“The Vuelta a Espana has always been such a big goal and sadly coincided with the Tour of Britain.

“But not doing La Vuelta this year gives me the chance to come back to the UK and race on what looks like a great parcours,’’ said Froome, last year winner of Vuelta.

Froome had tested positive for excessive levels of Salbutamol, following a urine sample at last September’s Vuelta.

However, International Cycling Union cleared him of wrongdoing ahead of last month’s Tour de France, where he finished third.