Sky announces strong team for 2013 Tour de France

Richie Porte and Chris Froome, Criterium du Dauphine 2013

Team Sky today confirmed the eight riders who will support Chris Froome in his bid to become the 2013 Tour de France champion.

As expected, Froome's wingman Richie Porte, along with Edvald Boasson Hagen and Briton Geraint Thomas have been selected to race. Two further British riders have also been selected: Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh, both of whom make their Tour debut.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.