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After abandoning Tour de France, Chris Froome will race in Vuelta a Espana

The 2013 Tour de France winner leads a nine-man Team Sky line-up this weekend in Spain featuring fellow British riders Peter Kennaugh and Luke Rowe at the Vuelta a Espana.

Winner of the 2013 Tour de France, Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY gives a thumbs up as he poses during the twenty first and final stage of the 2013 Tour de France, a processional 133.5KM road stage ending in an evening race around the Champs-Elysees, on July 21, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Winner of the 2013 Tour de France, Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY gives a thumbs up as he poses during the twenty first and final stage of the 2013 Tour de France, a processional 133.5KM road stage ending in an evening race around the Champs-Elysees, on July 21, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Chris Froome will return to cycling in Spain this weekend after being forced to abandon the Tour de France last month.

The 2013 Tour de France winner leads a nine-man Team Sky line-up featuring fellow Brits Peter Kennaugh and Luke Rowe at the Vuelta a Espana.

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Froome, 29, was forced to abandon his Tour de France title defence on stage five because of a fractured wrist.

“This is exactly the sort of challenge that I need after the disappointment of withdrawing from the Tour de France,” Froome said after his Vuelta a Espana participation was confirmed.

“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.

“I’m really pleased with how my recovery has gone since the Tour, I’ve been training hard and the support team are pleased with my progress.”

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