Froome wants con­tract re­solved be­fore Tour de France starts.

Bri­ton hopes to ex­tend con­tract with Team Sky ahead of Tour

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Chris Froome wants his con­tract ex­ten­sion with Team Sky will be fi­nalised in time for the start of the Tour de France to­mor­row.

The three-time Tour winner is in Dusseldorf for this week­end’s Grand De­part, and he is poised to ex­tend his stay with Team Sky un­til 2021.

“Hope­fully by the time we start on Satur­day, the Ts will be crossed and the Is dot­ted,” said Froome, whose cur­rent deal – worth a re­ported £4 mil­lion (Dh19.7m) per year – runs un­til the end of 2018.

“I think we’re in the fi­nal process now of agree­ing an ex­ten­sion.”

Ear­lier this month, re­ports sug­gested Froome had been in talks over a move to BMC, but the 32-year-old de­nied en­ter­tain­ing thoughts of a move to the US-regis­tered team or any­where else.

“No, I cer­tainly didn’t have any talks with BMC if that’s where you’re go­ing,” he said. Asked if he con­sid­ered leav­ing for any other team, Froome sim­ply said: “No.”

The new con­tract is seen as a state­ment of faith with Team Sky, fol­low­ing ques­tions re­gard­ing their cred­i­bil­ity amid a UK Anti-Dop­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of wrong­do­ing. The team deny those al­le­ga­tions.

“I don’t have any trust is­sues with the guys lining up with me here over the next few weeks,” Froome said. “I’ve been part of this team since the begin­ning and I’ve never seen any­thing un­to­ward. I don’t have any trust is­sues, I can’t make it any more plain.”

Froome will be aim­ing for his fourth Tour de France ti­tle – and third in a row – when the race be­gins this week­end.

Al­though he is the favourite, a course which does not nec­es­sar­ily play to his strengths, plus the strong form of his ri­vals, sug­gests this could be an un­pre­dictable Tour by re­cent stan­dards. “To win a fourth Tour de France ti­tle would be in­cred­i­ble,” said Froome, winner of the race in 2013, 2015, and 2016. I don’t want to jinx it. It would just be un­real.”

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