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Nicolas Roche in Team Sky's Tour de France squad


Nicolas Roche

Nicolas Roche

Nicolas Roche

Nicolas Roche has been included in the Team Sky squad for the Tour de France, however, compatriot Philip Deignan has missed out on selection.

Roche forms part of the nine-man team comprising of team leader Chris Froome, deputy Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Wout Poels, Luke Rowe, Leopold Konig and Peter Kennaugh.

The French-born Irishman has previously competed six times in the Tour from 2009-2014 for Ag2r-La Mondiale (09-12) and Saxo-Tinkoff (13-14). This will be his first outing for British-based Sky in the world's premier cycling event.

Froome will use the heartache of crashing out of the Tour de France last year as motivation for another tilt at glory.

Froome, who won the event in 2013, said: "Last year's disappointment is this year's motivation for Team Sky.

"From the moment I crashed out in 2014, I've had the burning desire to get back to this year's Tour in the best possible shape.

"I'm ready and I'm fortunate to have a strong team around me selected to meet the many different challenges of this year's race - from the cobbles to the climbs.

"There's a great spirit in the group and we're ready to give our best for every kilometre of every day over the three weeks of the Tour. We're counting down the days. We can't wait to get started and we are up for the challenge ahead."

Team principal Dave Brailsford said: "The Tour is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in years, and we've chosen a team of talented riders for the race.

"We've studied this year's route carefully and have selected the riders who we believe will best deliver our race strategy."