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Froome makes 2015 Tour de France his priority

How will Froome get on in 2015? Credit: PA

Chris Froome has confirmed he will ride in next year's Tour de France, ending speculation that the 2013 winner would instead focus on the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.

A statement released on Froome's official website today explains he "is motivated ahead of 2015 with the Tour de France again set to be the Team Sky rider's main focus."

Froome will be hoping to win the world's toughest cycling race for a second time after crashing out while defending his title this year.

"The Tour will remain my main focus for 2015,” he added. “The concept of doing all three Grand Tours in a season has got appeal but having said that, I know how hard it is to do two Grand Tours while targeting the overall win. At this point in my career I feel that the Tour takes priority."

Chris Froome: 'Time for R & R' after double fracture

Cyclist Chris Froome has tweeted that it is "time for some R & R" after an MRI scan revealed he had fractured both his left wrist and his right hand.

Last year's Tour de France winner sustained the injury when he fell during this year's race.

He decided to withdraw from this year's Tour after falling on three separate occasions.


Chris Froome crashes out of the Tour de France

Britain's summer of sport has suffered another big set back as former Tour de France champion Chris Froome crashed out of the competition.

Froome pulled out of the competition his third crash in two days on stage five of the race.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports from northern France:

Chris Boardman: Crashes are 'just part of cycling'

Former Olympic medalist and Tour de France cyclist Chris Boardman says the crashes that led Chris Froome to withdraw from this year's tour are "just part of cycling".

Chris Froome has withdrawn from the Tour de France after three crashes. Credit: ERIC LALMAND/Belga/Press Association Images

Boardman told ITV News:

"To be honest it's just part of cycling. Crashes happen and when we get weather conditions like that it happens a lot and it's just part of the cyclists pushing themselves to the absolute limit.

"Fortunately in cycling injuries are few and far between. For poor Chris Froome, three crashes in a row and it's just too much."

Chris Froome 'devastated' over Tour de France exit

Defending champion Chris Froome said he is devastated he has had to withdraw from the 2014 Tour de France.

He crashed out on stage five today and told his Twitter followers that his wrist injury and tough conditions "made controlling my bike near to impossible".


Excitement builds in Yorkshire for Le Tour de France

Final preparations are under way for this weekend's Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports from Leeds, as thousands of people gather to see the stars of cycling at tonight's opening ceremony:

Champion Froome: 'increased pressure' on home soil

Yellow Jersey holder Chris Froome has spoken of the pressures that come with racing as a defending champion on home soil, at a news conference ahead of this year's Tour de France.

Speaking ahead of today's opening ceremony for Saturday's Grand Depart, the 2013 winner said his team "couldn't ask for any more warmth" from the crowds that have amassed in Yorkshire.

Froome: This year's UK team are 'strongest' yet

Defending 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he believes this year's team were "the strongest" the UK has ever put forward.

Speaking to journalists in Leeds ahead of tonight's opening ceremony before the Grand Depart on Saturday, he said he "was up for it".

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