Chris Froome will begin his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol.

Froome will be part of Team Sky’s lineup for the five-day stage race in Andalucia, which runs from February 14th -18th.

He last raced the Ruta del Sol in 2015, when he took overall victory and picked up a stage win along the way.

Froome will line up in Spain after spending the early part of the year training in South Africa.

Froome said:

“I have put in a hard training block in January. It’s been good to be out on my bike and to get the miles under my belt.

“It’s been a couple of years now since I was last at Ruta del Sol. It’s a race I’ve enjoyed in the past and so I’m looking forward to going back there”.

Team Sky confirmed in December that Chris and the team were providing information to the UCI regarding Chris’s use of his asthma medication at last year’s Vuelta a Espana. The UCI process is ongoing.

Froome said: 

“I’m confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what has happened and I’m working hard with the team to do that.

“Obviously I understand that this situation has created a lot of uncertainty. I completely get why there has been so much interest and speculation.

“I hope that people will appreciate there are limits to what I can say whilst the process is still ongoing but no one is keener than me to move things forward as quickly as possible”.

Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford added:

“We all recognise that these are difficult circumstances but it’s important for all sides that this process is conducted fairly before a final conclusion is reached.

“It is a complex situation but we’re working as hard as we can with Chris to resolve things as soon as possible”.