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Chris Froome to compete in Spanish Vuelta

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Chris Froome will compete in the Spanish Vuelta after recovering from wrist and hand fractures that forced him to withdraw from the Tour de France.

Team Sky announced its nine-man lineup for the Vuelta on Monday, naming Froome as its team leader.

As defending champion, Froome pulled out of the Tour on the fifth stage on July 9 after falling from his bike three times in two days.

Froome says ''I'm really pleased with how my recovery has gone since the Tour, I've been training hard and the support team are pleased with my progress.''

The Vuelta begins on Saturday.

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