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Froome re-ups with Sky

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Sep. 16, 2011

Chris Froome, hot off second place at the Vuelta a España, has decided to stay put.

Despite offers from other teams, Froome has signed a three-year contract extension to stay with Team Sky.

“Standing on the podium at this year’s Vuelta a España was the highlight of my professional career so far. But that success was only possible because of everyone at Team Sky, both on and off the road, and so I am absolutely delighted to be signing an extension to stay with the team for the next three years,” Froome said in a team release Friday.

“Team Sky has made a tremendous impact on professional cycling in a very short space of time. We have an outstanding back-room team and some of the most talented riders in the peloton. I am very much looking forward to going into future events with the current support structure behind me.”

Froome was one of the first riders to be signed by Team Sky and achieved a top-10 finish at the Tour du Haut Var during his first season with the team in 2010.

Although primarily a climbing domestique, Froome proved an equally-adept time trialler and sealed the runner up spot at the national championships as well as a top-five finish in the Commonwealth Games.

Further top-10 stage results were to follow in 2011 at the tours of Castilla y Leon, Romandie, Luxembourg and Switzerland before his exceptional performance in the Vuelta a España.

“Chris’s performance at the Tour of Spain was tremendously exciting and generated much interest and competition for his services from other teams,” Sky principal Dave Brailsford said in a team release. “In light of this we are very pleased that he has chosen Team Sky as the best place to continue his career. We are all very much looking forward to supporting Chris’s future development and working with him to consolidate and build on his breakthrough performance over the coming seasons.”

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