Froome out of Tirreno, Thomas to lead in France

Chris Froome has pulled out of next week's Tirreno - Adriatico stage race in Italy with a bad back. - Richie Porte will head to Italy and lead Team Sky - Geraint Thomas will take on responsibility at Paris-Nice - Paris-Nice organiser ASO not happy with 'cavalier' attitude

Chris Froome and Richie Porte, Tour de France 2013, stage 14
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Chris Froome has pulled out of Tirreno - Adriatico next week after he suffered a slight inflammation to a joint in his lower back. Froome was due to lead the team in the only stage race he didn't win in 2013.

The Tour de France winner will now rest before returning to racing at the Volta a Catalunya, the seven-stage race that starts in Calella, north east Spain on March 24.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.