Chris Froome extends his contract with Sky to the end of 2018

Speaking at the Sky training camp, in Mallorca, David Brailsford, the manager of the british team said: “”Chris is not only one of the most talented and dedicated riders in the world, he is also a fantastic ambassador for the sport. Team Sky is proud to have him as our team leader. He is a winner and it is a great boost at the start of the new season that he has committed to stay with the Team to the end of 2018. He is hungry for more success and we will help him achieve it.”

“Last year we set out our 2020 vision. At its heart lies the goal to become indisputably and consistently the greatest cycling team in the world – and to be viewed as one of the best sports teams in the world. By 2020, when we look back on the decade, we want Team Sky to be seen as the most consistent and successful Grand Tour team as well as one that is regularly winning Classics. 2015 was a good year and I am proud of what we achieved together but our appetite for success has never been greater”.

“Our focus is always on continuous improvement and what we can do better. We must challenge ourselves every day to push harder for more success in 2016 on and off the bike – and I believe that we have the team that can deliver that. It is a really strong group of riders with the best talent from Britain and abroad. Their different strengths give us real depth and more options.

“At the same time, Team Sky will continue to play a leadership role in moving the sport of cycling forward to a brighter future – innovating, riding clean and winning clean. We will work with the UCI and others and push for further reform to continue to rebuild trust in the sport.

“None of our success to date would have been possible without Sky as a partner. They have done a huge amount for cycling, not just with the Team, but at grass roots level – helping more people fall in love with the bike. They have got exciting plans for the year ahead and we will be giving them all of our support.”