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Froome to begin his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol

Froome will begin his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol. Credit: PA

Chris Froome will begin his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol later this month, Team Sky have announced.

The Tour de France champion will head to the five-day stage race in Andalusia on February 14, Team Sky have announced.

It will be Froome's first appearance since his third-place finish in the time trial at the Road World Championships in Norway on September 20.

That was the day he learned he had returned an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol two weeks before, on his way to victory at the Vuelta a Espana - the second half of last year's historic Grand Tour double, having already won his fourth Tour de France.

Froome and Team Sky are presenting their case to the cycling's governing body, the UCI, about the adverse finding, and Froome said: "I'm confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what has happened and I'm working hard with the team to do that."

Adam Yates to ride in 2018 Tour de France

Adam Yates will ride in the 2018 Tour de France. Credit: PA

British cyclist Adam Yates will ride in the 2018 Tour de France, team Orica-Scott have announced.

The 25-year-old finished fourth in the 2016 race and was the white jersey winner for the best young rider.

He will be the team's only general classification rider at next year's Tour.

The Bury-born cyclist said: "It feels good to be going back to the Tour de France and I am very excited about the challenges it will bring.

"The Tour will always be a special race for me having watched it growing up through to getting the opportunity to race it for the first time in 2015."

Simon Yates, Adam's twin brother, will double-up and focus on the Giro d'Italia and La Vuelta Espana along with Colombian Esteban Chaves.

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Cavendish to compete in 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

Cavendish's season was affected due to an injury suffered in the Tour de France. Credit: PA

Mark Cavendish is set to race in the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.

The 32-year-old Team Dimension Data rider, winner of 30 Tour de France stages, is due to attend Tuesday's route announcement in Halifax.

The Tour de Yorkshire has been expanded to four days for 2018, with the women's race to be staged over two days.

Barnsley, Beverley, Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds, Ilkley, Richmond and Scarborough have been named as the locations for starts and finishes of the stages, with the full route to be unveiled at 11am.

The Tour de Yorkshire is a legacy event of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, when Manxman Cavendish was favourite to win the opening stage in his mother's home town of Harrogate, only to crash within sight of the finish line.

Yorkshire is due to host the 2019 World Road Championships, when Harrogate will serve as the main hub for race finishes.

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