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After crash, Thomas ready to back Froome

Britain's Geraint Thomas waits for the start of the men's road race at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (Bryn Lennon/Pool Photo via AP)

PARIS (AP) Chris Froome will have support rider Geraint Thomas alongside him again as he pursues a fourth Tour de France title in five years.

Thomas opened the year aiming for victory in the Giro d'Italia but was forced to abandon that race because of injuries sustained in a crash caused by a police motorbike.

Thomas recently returned in the Route du Sud and gives Team Sky a second overall option if Froome struggles.