Chris Froome will lead the line for Team Sky at the Tour of the Alps as he continues to build his form ahead of July’s Tour de France.
It will be Froome’s third race of 2019, after he started his campaign at the Tour Colombia and then raced the Volta a Catalunya.
The four-time Tour de France winner will be joined on the start line by Leonardo Basso, Kenny Elissonde, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Salvatore Puccio and Pavel Sivakov.
Froome said: “I’m pleased to be returning to the Tour of the Alps this year. I really enjoyed the race in 2018 and it was a big boost for me heading into the Giro d’Italia.
“It’s exactly the type of racing I need at this point in my year. The Tour of the Alps is a tough, punchy race which will be a good test of where I’m at. I’m looking forward to getting going.”
We decided to add the Tour of the Alps into his schedule for a bit more hard racing. It’s perfect for this point in his season.
He said: “Chris is on track. He’s building up to the Tour and we decided to add the Tour of the Alps into his schedule for a bit more hard racing. It’s perfect for this point in his season.
“This year it’s another punchy race with a summit finish on great roads. Chris used the race last year to push himself and work hard for the Giro. He liked how the race went, the quality of race, and now he knows it will be good for his buildup to the Tour de France.”