Froome to kick off 2019 season at Tour Colombia

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Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will begin his 2019 season at the Tour Colombia in February, the Briton has announced.

The Team Sky rider won his third consecutive Grand Tour title with victory at the Giro d’Italia in May before finishing third at the Tour de France, which was won by team mate Geraint Thomas.

Froome, 33, began his 2018 season at the Ruta del Sol in Spain but has decided to follow his Colombian team mate Egan Bernal, who won the inaugural race in his home country this year.

“I’m very happy to confirm my participation in the Tour Colombia, where I’ll begin my 2019 season,” Froome said in a video message about the race that takes place from Feb. 12-17 in the Antioquia region.

“Many thanks to the Colombian Cycling Federation for the invitation. See you soon.”