Chris Froome confirmed to lead Team Sky at Vuelta a España

The Tour de France champion will cap off his season with an attempt at glory at the final Grand Tour of the year

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Team Sky have confirmed that Chris Froome will lead the team at the final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a España.

Tour de France champion Froome, who has just finished a stint in Rio at the Olympics where he took a bronze medal in the time trial, will lead a nine-man team over a Vuelta course that features 10 summit finishes.

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Peter Kennaugh is the only Brit to line-up alongside Froome, while Mikel Landa will make a third Grand Tour appearance of the year after abandoning the Giro d'Italia and helping Froome to his Tour triumph.

Ian Boswell, Michal Golas, Christian Knees, Michal Kwiatkowski, Salvatore Puccio and Leopold König are the other riders to feature in the Sky team.

“It’s already been a great summer for both myself and the team, but the Vuelta is another big challenge for us," said Froome.

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“The tough course and stiff competition is bound to make for some aggressive racing. We’re going there with a strong group of guys who have a lot of experience with this race.

“The Vuelta is a race I really enjoy and where I guess you could say I have unfinished business, so I’m looking forward to getting started”.

Froome has recorded two second place finishes at the Vuelta in 2011 and 2014, but will have a tough task ahead of him in this year's edition as he faces the likes of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) for the title.

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