Chris Froome signs new Team Sky contract

Chris Froome
Team Sky rider and Tour de France Winner Chris Froome crosses the English Channel by bicycle, using the Eurotunnel service tunnel and support by Jaguar Cars. Photo: Jaguar MENA

Kenyan born British Cyclist Chris Froome has signed a new contract with Team Sky committing him up until the end of 2018.

Team Sky’s head, Sir Dave Brailsford, has said he can see no reason why the double Tour de France winner can go on to join Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx in the ranks of five-times victors of cycling’s flagship event.

Froome and Brailsford were in agreement over his new deal, explaining that their main objective was to ensure that Sky and its leader could go into 2016 without the distraction of having to renegotiate his contract, which was due to come up at the end of this season.

“Obviously we wanted Chris to stay in the team. We wanted to put it to bed and have a clear run at focusing on performance issues. He is confident. He is still hungry, so you think ’what could throw us?’ And the last thing I want to do in the run-up to the Tour is get into any nitty-gritty contract stuff.” – Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Head

Speaking about the deal, Froome said it was “a really positive way to start the season.”

“I feel as if [Team Sky] has been a big part of all my successes and I’ve really grown within the team since its inception in 2010.” – Chris Froome, Team Sky

Froome was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List and came 6th in the Sports Personality of the Year Awards.