After Giro crash, Thomas back to support Froome in Tour

Team Sky will announce their team for the Tour de France on Thursday with Chris Froome expected to lead the team’s attempt at their fifth and his fourth victory.Spaniard Mikel Landa and Welshman Geraint Thomas were caught up in a mass fall after Dutchman Wilco Kelderman clipped a police motorbike on the ninth stage of the Giro. “It’s a feeling that you don’t get from any other race”. He always approaches the Tour perfectly, he’s a race he’s been brilliant at in the past, and I’m sure he’ll be at 100 percent condition in July.Although Thomas and Landa are in, there are noticeable absences from the nine-man group, with Wout Poels and Ian Stannard left out along with Peter Kennaugh.That means there are three Britons in the squad, with Froome and Thomas joined by valued road captain Luke Rowe.Sky will head to France still awaiting the outcome of a UK Anti-Doping investigation into alleged wrongdoing.They will be joined by Paris-Nice victor Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Michal Kwiatkowski, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve and Luke Rowe.Landa went on to finish the race but Thomas was injured.Basque rider Mikel Landa, a key mountain lieutenant to Froome, crashed at the same time as Thomas in the Giro, yet finished the race with the mountains jersey and a stage win and has already demonstrated his skill helping Froome to the yellow jersey past year.This year’s route is unfavourable to Froome with only three high mountain stages and reduced time trial kilometres.Froome is aiming to win the Tour for a third straight year and fourth overall following victories in 2013, 2015 and 2016. “Chris is in good shape and he’s ready for it”.Cavendish, 32, who was hoping to add to his 30 stage wins after an impressive 2016 Tour, will not make a final decision until after this weekend’s national championships.German Christian Knees, who has been training with Froome near Sestriere will be glad to be rewarded with a tour place as the race starts in his home country with this year’s Grand Depart in Dusseldorf.”We’ve selected a strong and experienced lineup who will support (Froome), and we’ll be looking to use the strength of the team to our advantage”.