Froome seeks lift with Vuelta win

Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:26am EDT
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By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA August 21 (Reuters) - Chris Froome aims to put his Tour de France misery behind him with victory in the Vuelta a Espana but he faces stiff competition from a strong field led by Nairo Quintana.

The Vuelta has become an ideal opportunity for cyclists who under-performed in the Tour de France to bounce back and it is the case for Froome who failed in his bid to win cycling's flagship event for a second successive year.

The Team Sky rider crashed out on the fifth stage of the Tour after falling three times in two days.

"This is exactly the sort of challenge I need after the disappointment of withdrawing from the Tour de France," Froome said this week.

"You can't dwell on disappointment, you have to move on quickly to the next thing and the Vuelta has become the perfect race for me to focus on."

He leads a strong nine-man Sky squad for the final major tour of the year which starts near Cadiz in southern Spain on Saturday.

"Chris Froome will be our team leader and it's great to have him back on the bike and focused on the challenge ahead," said Sky's team principal Dave Brailsford.

"He was obviously very disappointed after having to withdraw from the Tour de France but Chris has recovered and trained well since the injury. He's now more determined than ever to get back to what he does best – riding Grand Tours."   Continued...

Team Sky rider Christopher Froome of Britain cycles after he fell during the 155.5 km fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Ypres Belgium to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut July 9, 2014.              REUTERS/Christian Hartmann