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Thomas pens new contract extension at Team Sky

Thomas has signed a new deal at Team Sky. Credit: PA

Geraint Thomas has signed a contract extension to remain with Team Sky.

The Welshman, 29, has been an integral member of Team Sky since its inception in 2010.

Thomas switched his focus to stage races this season, winning the Volta ao Algarve in February before claiming his first Paris-Nice title in March.

Speaking from Team Sky's training camp in Tenerife, he said: "Signing again was an easy decision. Team Sky feels like home. From the other riders to the staff, I love it here.

"I've only really just started when it comes to trying to win stage races. I'm learning all the time about how to get in the best shape for them and how to lead a team.

"For me, this year started with winning Paris-Nice and is now about going to the Tour in the best shape possible to support Froomey. After the Tour we can start looking to next year and keep setting bigger and better goals.

"It's about keeping that progression going, and Team Sky is the best place to do that. I'm just super happy being part of the team."

Watch Criterium du Dauphine cycling live on ITV4

The peloton makes its way through Alpine France. Credit: Team Sky

Watch stage six of cycling's prestigious Criterium du Dauphine live on ITV4 and ITV Player at 12.30pm today. Team Sky leader Chris Froome is in contention as he looks to ride into top form before this summer's Tour de France (also live on ITV4).

You can also catch up on highlights of previous Dauphine stages on ITV Player.

Richie Porte to lead Team Sky at Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia is Porte's main goal of the season. Credit: PA

Richie Porte will front Team Sky's bid for glory at the Giro d'Italia.

The 30-year-old Australian, who has won Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya and Giro del Trentino this season, will lead a nine-man team during a competition which begins in San Lorenzo on May 9.

Porte's squad features the Italian duo Salvatore Puccio and Elia Viviani, alongside Bernhard Eisel, Sebastian Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Leopold Konig, Mikel Nieve and Kanstantsin Siutsou.

Porte said: "The Giro d'Italia has been my main goal of the season. I've worked very hard through the winter and am entering the race strong, healthy and up for the challenge.

"The competition will be tough, and obviously anything can happen in a Grand Tour, but we've got a great group of riders going into the race and we are ready for it."

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Sky rider Richie Porte wins Paris-Nice

Team Sky rider Richie Porte reeled in a 36-second gap to win the Paris-Nice title for the second time in three years.

The Australian was well placed but still significantly behind Tony Gallopin heading into the final day, but while Porte surged the overnight leader fell away on the Col d'Eze time-trial.

Porte said: "It means a lot to me to be a two-time winner of an iconic race like Paris-Nice, and this one feels even sweeter than the last one because it was so hard. They threw everything at us yesterday, and to win on the top of the Col d'Eze this year, like I did in 2013, is incredible."

Former Team Sky doctor banned for life

Geert Leinders pictured in 2013. Credit: PA

Former Team Sky doctor Geert Leinders has been banned from cycling for life for multiple doping violations, the United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced.

Leinders was banned for violations committed while he was the chief team doctor and a director of the Rabobank cycling team between 1996 and 2009.

Leinders worked for Sky on a freelance basis in 2011 and 2012 and team principal Sir Dave Brailsford later described it as a mistake.

The USADA said in a statement: "After a hearing at which the detailed evidence, including eyewitness testimony, corroborating documentation and an expert analysis of abnormal blood values of cyclists was presented, the independent arbitration panel found that Leinders possessed, trafficked, and administered banned performance-enhancing substances and methods without any legitimate medical need, including EPO, blood transfusion paraphernalia, testosterone, insulin, DHEA, LH and corticosteroids to athletes under his care, and was complicit in other anti-doping rule violations."

The USADA said it had discovered evidence of doping by Rabobank during the course of an investigation in 2012, and worked with its equivalent organisations in Denmark and Holland to bring Leinders to account.

Roche eager to help Froome win second Tour

Roche has joined Team Sky from Tinkoff-Saxo. Credit: PA

Team Sky's new signing Nicolas Roche says it would be a dream come true to help Chris Froome win the Tour de France this year.

Roche, who has raced 13 Grand Tours already in his career, was one of five new riders to join Sky in September and is expected to play a major role in Froome's bid for glory in July.

The Irishman's move also weakens Froome's main rival in Paris, Alberto Contador, who previously enjoyed Roche's support at Tinkoff-Saxo.

It has always been my dream to ride down the Champs Elysees with the yellow jersey in the team, that would be a brilliant success.

My priority is to be at the top of the Tour and give my maximum to support to Chris.

That's something I agreed on when I joined, it's something I wanted and I'm very happy to do that.

– Nicolas Roche speaking to Press Association

Team Sky: Wiggins 'expected to make a full recovery'

Team Sky, who Bradley Wiggins rides for, has said the Tour de France winner is expected to "make a full and speedy recovery":

We can confirm that on Wednesday evening Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire.

He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.

We will announce more details in due course.