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A member of Team Sky since 2010 and a winner of two Tours de France in that time, Chris Froome has confirmed that he has extended his contract until the end of 2018.
“Team Sky have been fundamental to my success to date, so it was a very easy decision to commit to the team until the end of 2018,” he said.
“Their values are my values and I am proud to ride for a team that has shown that you can win the biggest bike races in the world clean.
“2015 was a fantastic year for me both professional and personally and this is a great kick start to 2016. I am more motivated than I have ever been and I have got big targets for this Olympic year. I can’t wait to start racing.”
His existing contract had been due to run until the end of this season.
Team Principal Dave Brailsford described him as both one of the most talented and dedicated riders in the world and also a ‘fantastic ambassador’ for the sport.
“Team Sky is proud to have him as our team leader. He is a winner and it is a great boost at the start of the new season that he has committed to stay with the Team to the end of 2018. He is hungry for more success and we will help him achieve it.”
Froome will be part of a push by Brailsford and others to step up the team’s performances in the years ahead.
The latter said that the squad had a clear goal in mind. “Last year we set out our 2020 Vision. At its heart lies the goal to become indisputably and consistently the greatest cycling team in the world – and to be viewed as one of the best sports teams in the world,” he said.
“By 2020, when we look back on the decade, we want Team Sky to be seen as the most consistent and successful Grand Tour team as well as one that is regularly winning Classics. 2015 was a good year and I am proud of what we achieved together but our appetite for success has never been greater.”
He said that the desire to achieve more would see the squad challenge itself every day of the 2016 season.
“I believe that we have the team that can deliver that. It is a really strong group of riders with the best talent from Britain and abroad. Their different strengths give us real depth and more options,” he said.
“At the same time, Team Sky will continue to play a leadership role in moving the sport of cycling forward to a brighter future – innovating, riding clean and winning clean. We will work with the UCI and others and push for further reform to continue to rebuild trust in the sport.”