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Published: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 4:27:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 4:27:04 PM

Froome extends contract with Team Sky

Race leader jersey holder Team Sky rider Christopher Froome of Britain cycles during the 204.5 km stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand, in the French Alps, July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Race leader jersey holder Team Sky rider Christopher Froome of Britain cycles during the 204.5 km stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand, in the French Alps, July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

LONDON (Reuters) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has strengthened his ties with Team Sky by agreeing a new deal with the British cycling outfit.

"This has been an incredible year for me and I'm delighted to finish it off by signing a new contract with Team Sky," the 28-year-old Briton said in a statement on Monday.

"I've been with this team since the start and I know this is the right place for me to continue to grow."

The Kenyan-born rider won the Tour de France for the first time in July, emulating the 2012 success of fellow Briton Bradley Wiggins.

Team Sky also extended the contracts of other members of their team including Peter Kennaugh, David Lopez and Ian Stannard.

(Writing by Pritha Sarkar editing by Tony Jimenez)

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