Chris Froome's Team Sky squad for the Giro d'Italia has been named as he seeks a third successive Grand Tour win.
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25 Apr 2018 - 3:02 PM 

Froome, who has not ridden in the Giro since 2010 and has never won it, will be aiming to become the first rider to complete the Giro/Tour double for 20 years. Marco Pantani was the last man to achieve the feat in 1998.

His eight-rider supporting cast includes Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Sergio Henao, Philip Deignan, Wout Poels, David de la Cruz and Salvatore Puccio.

He won a fourth Tour de France last July and Vuelta a España last September and is attempting to become the first rider to hold all three of cycling's Grand Tours at the same time.

"The Giro is a whole new challenge for me and a new motivation for me too," Froome said after finishing fourth at the Tour of the Alps last week.

"It's a huge challenge to target the Giro d'Italia after winning the Tour and Vuelta last year and it's a huge motivation for me to go for my third consecutive Grand Tour win."

The 32-year-old's participation in the three-week 3546.2km Giro, which begins in Jerusalem, Israel on 4 May and ends in Rome on 27 May is set even as he controversially fights an anti-doping charge centred on the asthma drug Salbutamol.

A sample taken during the 2016 Vuelta showed double the allowed limit of Salbutamol but he has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and is free to race because he is not suspended.

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