Chris Froome heads Team Sky's roster for Liège-Bastogne-Liège
British WorldTour squad Team Sky announces its eight-man line-up for this Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Tour de France champion Chris Froome is among the eight riders selected by Team Sky for this Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 24).
Froome joins fellow British rider Ben Swift in the line-up, with Dutchman Wout Poels and Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski providing options to contest the prestigious Ardennes Classic race.
Michal Golas, Sebastian Henao, Salvatore Puccio and Lars Petter Nordhaug complete the British WorldTour team's line-up.
Froome said in January this year that Liège is an event that he has ear-marked on his calendar, and he has a desire to add a big one-day race win to a palmares full of major stage race victories.
"Liège is always a race that I’ve wanted to do and wanted to do well in. I’d love to do well there one day but I’ve got to keep trying," said Froome.
Poels was Sky's best finisher at Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, placing fourth behind the lead trio of winner Alejandro Valverde and Etixx-QuickStep pair Julian Alaphilippe and Daniel Martin.
>>> Alejandro Valverde takes third consecutive victory at La Flèche Wallonne
Froome will face competition in the race from defending champion Valverde, and an all-star list of hilly classics specialists and Grand Tour rivals such as Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) and Richie Porte (BMC).
Froome's start to the 2016 season has been relatively low-key so far, with a victory in the Herald Sun Tour in Australia in early February.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège is one of cycling five great Monuments, the most prestigious single-day races.
The route comprises 253 kilometres of undulating terrain in Belgium and includes 10 major climbs, the last of which - the Côte de la Rue Naniot - is within the last three kilometres before the finish in Ans.
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