Team Sky Pick Five Brits for Tour de France

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Luke Rowe will make his Tour de France debut after being named as one of five Brits in the Team Sky line-up.

Following a strong spring campaign, Rowe's fellow Welshman Geraint Thomas, and Ian Stannard are retained in Team Sky's line-up. Following a controversial omission from the 2014 team, British national Champion Peter Kennaugh returns. Nicolas Roche, who was one of Froome's strongest support riders during his Dauphiné Libéré win earlier in June, is the only Frenchman. 

Australian Richie Porte returns after taking Froome's place as leader when he dropped out in the 2014 Tour de France, despite a disappointing Giro d'Italia. Czech Leopard Konig and Dutchman Wouter Poels complete the line-up. 

With Thomas rested for the Tour of Switzerland, 25-year old Luke Rowe from Cardiff, more than stepped up to the plate, riding strongly with Kennaugh and Stannard in the final stages, helping Kennaugh to the gold medal. 

Rowe is widely expected to come to the fore on stage four, the dreaded "Hell of the North" cobbles, the equivalent stage that met Froome with his demise last year. 

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