Chris Froome to lead Team Sky in Tour de France, Sir Bradley Wiggins out

Tour de France winner Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling attends the route presentation of 2014 Tour de France at the Palais des Congres de Paris on October 23, 2013
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Team Sky confirm that Chris Froome will lead the at Tour de France, while Sir Bradley Wiggins is out of the team.

Team Sky manager Sir Dave Brailsford has confirmed that defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome will be lead rider in this year's elite race, while Sir Bradley Wiggins has been left out of the team.

The Olympic champion, who became the first Brit to earn the yellow jersey in 2012, revealed earlier this month that he was unlikely to ride this year.

Froome, who took the crown from his teammate last year, will head the nine-man lineup, alongside Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Mikel Nieve, Bernhard Eisel, Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez, Danny Pate and Xabier Zandio.

"In elite sport, selection is one of the most difficult parts," Froome told Sky Sports News. "From our point of view, we start by looking at what's the outcome we want to achieve - we've got to try to win.

"You build a team based on evidence, based on logic - you try to take the emotion out of it."

The 101st edition of the Tour de France will begin with the Grand Depart in Yorkshire on July 5.

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