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Chris Froome earns new Team Sky deal after golden year

Tour de France winner Chris Froome heads a list of 10 riders who have signed new contracts with Team Sky for 2014.

Peter Kennaugh, David Lopez and Ian Stannard were part of the line-up that helped Froome succeed Bradley Wiggins, who is heading into the final year of his contract with the team, as Britain's second winner of Le Tour.

They have also put pen to paper along with Luke Rowe, Salvatore Puccio, Sergio Henao, Chris Sutton, Danny Pate and Xabier Zandio.

Two of Froome's key support riders, Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas, extended their deals mid-season.

Froome said: "This has been an incredible year for me and I'm delighted to finish it off by signing a new contract with Team Sky. I've been with this team since the start and I know this is the right place for me.

"It's impossible to win races without the right team beside you so I'd like to thank everyone at the team for their continued support. It's an honour to be a Team Sky rider and I hope to play a big part of its success for years to come."

Performance manager Rod Ellingworth hailed his group of riders as "the most talented team in the world".

He said: "Everyone is excited to kick things off again in 2014. We've consolidated what is an incredibly strong group of guys over the winter. The team's core remains intact and that's important going forward. Everyone is committed to keep improving and we always look to provide the best environment for riders to do that."

Meanwhile, Froome says it is "inevitable" that his reputation will be tarnished by team-mate Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's anti-doping violation.

Team Sky rider Tiernan-Locke faces disciplinary proceedings following analysis of his biological passport.

Froome said: "It's hugely unfortunate for the team. I think the best thing to do with the whole doping culture of the sport, to move past that image, is to talk about it."

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