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This has also meant that Team Sky have now confirmed the seven riders that will support Froome in the three week race around France. The presence of Froome was placed into doubt this weekend as race organisers ASO threatened to block his entry without a resolution into his AAF. This opens the door for Froome to attempt Tour history this July. He will attempt to become only the fifth rider in history to win five yellow jerseys while also becoming the first rider since to secure the Tour-Giro double. As was known before, chief among Froome's domestiques will be recently-crowned British time trial champion Thomas.
A multiple Tour winner is a key reference point in every Tour he rides, who weighs heavily on the racing each day, even when, as last year, a teammate ends up heading seamlessly for the win. A Tour without Froome will resemble the race, when Bernard Hinault was ruled out by tendinitis, or the race, when Eddy Merckx was sidelined by a saddle boil, or , when Miguel Indurain was absent for the first time in a dozen years. A Tour without Froome for the first time since will be different.
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