Geraint thomas has been handed a massive boost to his hopes of reclaiming the national road race title on home roads after sir Bradley wiggins pulled out of Sunday's British national road race championship in Abergavenny.
Wiggins had been expected to mount a serious challenge for the title after missing out on selection for this summers tour de France. His withdrawal though opens up further hopes I home success for Cardiff rider Geraint Thomas who is hoping to reclaim the title he won in 2010.
Wiggins withdrawal is the second big-name to miss out on the championship after mark cavendish withdrew last week through illness.
Froome's inclusion means that Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford has left out former Tour champion Bradley Wiggins, despite the Olympic Gold medallist showing his form winning Thursday's British national time trial title on the roads of Monmouthshire.
Thomas will play a key role in Sky's attempts to claim a third straight Tour win as Froome's chief sidekick throughout the three week race.
For now though Thomas must continue to play second fiddle for the 21 stage race, that finishes just seven days before he attempts to secure a victory of his own at the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow.
'It's certainly not ideal. It's a big three weeks of racing around France trying to help Froomey win really so it'll be tough for sure" he said.
"I think mentally it's ok because I know I've just got to keep going until the Sunday, just hopefully I can recover well, eat well, sleep well and that's pretty much all I can do go there and go as fast as we can."
Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas is still in the lead of the Tour Down Under, with two stages of the race to go. The Cardiff rider is five seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, after four stages of the race in Australia.
He won his second Olympic gold medal in the veledrome in the summer. He rides on the road for Team Sky.
'It was a stressful day as there was a bit of wind and I think everyone was thinking about the potential cross-wind sections', he said. 'The boys were great. We stayed near the front with about 10 kilometres to go and they kept me out of trouble.'