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Ill Froome pulls out of Tirreno-Adriatico

Chris Froome won't be taking part in the Tirreno-Adriatico due to ill-health, the Team Sky rider has announced.

The British rider didn't elaborate on what his illness was nor when he might return to racing.

Chris Froome: Sports Life Stories sneak preview

The new series of Sports Life Stories continues on ITV4 tonight with Team Sky's inspirational cyclist Chris Froome.

Tune in from 10pm to watch Froome recount the remarkable story of how he became only the second British winner of the Tour de France in 2013.

In this short clip, Froome explains why he got the nickname 'Crash Froome' - it was quite a crash!

Watch Chris Froome: Sports Life Stories on ITV4 on Tuesday 24th February at 10pm, with contributions from Sir Dave Brailsford and David Walsh.

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Watch Chris Froome Sports Life Stories on ITV4

The new series of Sports Life Stories continues on ITV4 tonight with Team Sky's inspirational cyclist Chris Froome.

Tune in from 10pm to watch Froome recount the remarkable story of how he became only the second British winner of the Tour de France in 2013.

With unique access at his home in South Africa, we gain a new insight into his fierce rivalry with team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins, and discover how Froome overcame personal tragedy to win one of the most demanding sporting events in the world.

Watch Chris Froome: Sports Life Stories on ITV4 on Tuesday 24th February at 10pm, with contributions from Sir Dave Brailsford and David Walsh.

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:

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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:

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