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Froome Determined To See Team Sky Survive

Froome Determined To See Team Sky Survive

Chris Froome says he will be doing all he can to make sure Team Sky survives after the main sponsor Sky announced it was pulling out.

Broadcaster Sky confirmed on Wednesday it would be bringing the curtain down on its decade-long association with cycling at the end of the 2019 season after a highly successful stint.

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Thanks to their vast financial backing, Team Sky have dominated the sport in recent years, racking up 332 wins, including eight Grand Tours, 52 other stage races and 25 one-day races.

Three British riders have won the Tour de France during Sky’s time in cycling, Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Briton to claim the Yellow Jersey in 2012. Froome has since gone on to claim four Maillot Jaune’s, while Welshman Geraint Thomas was the general classification winner of this year’s event.

With a star-studded squad still under contract to the team, including Froome, Thomas, Colombian prospect Egan Bernal, Dutchman Wout Poels, England’s Ian Stannard and Wales’ Luke Rowe, Froome is hopeful another sponsor can be found in time for 2020.

“I can’t predict the future, but this is a really special team,” said Froome. “If we can find a new long-term partner to take the team forward into a new era, then we will do so. “Equally, any future partner would have to be the right partner – one who shares our ethos and buys in to our values.

“We plan to be together in 2020 if at all possible. “We will all be doing everything we can to help make that happen – in different colours with a new partner, but with the same values, focus and desire to win.”

It has not always been plain sailing for Team Sky though with Wiggins accused of using banned substances, while a parliamentary committee concluded they had “crossed the ethical line” for marginal gains when racing.

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