Team Sky’s lineup for this race features a blend of youth and experience, with seven of the riders involved having been part of a Grand Tour-winning team, combined with the less experienced, yet talented duo of Gianni Moscon and Egan Bernal, who will be making their Tour de France debuts.
Froome continued: “This is a complete unknown for me, I’ve got the support of an amazing team around me and obviously I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.
“There’s a balance of talent and a balance of experience with the guys around me.”
And despite the challenges of such a demanding 12 months leading into this race, the 33 year old believes his run of consecutive Grand Tour appearances, specifically last season’s success at the Tour de France followed immediately by the Vuelta, will be crucial this time round, adding: “Naturally, last year doing the Tour and the Vuelta back to back I learned a lot in terms of periodisation [with my training].
“I learned when to be recovering, when to be training hard and I’d like to think that’s put me in really good shape to be able to attempt the Giro-Tour double this year.”