Chris Froome kept himself busy in the immediate aftermath of last months Tour de France success by riding a series of criterium races in Holland and Belgium, and is now enjoying a period of rest and recuperation before jetting across the Atlantic to take part in one of Americas highest-profile races.
The 28 year old heads a strong line up as Team Sky make their debut appearance in the Challenge, and he will be joined by American riders Ian Boswell, Joe Dombrowski and Danny Pate, as well as his Tour de France team-mates Peter Kennaugh, Richie Porte and Kanstantsin Siutsou. Josh Edmondson rounds out a formidable eight-man squad.
Boswell and Dombrowski will hone their condition for their American homecoming by competing at the Vuelta a Burgos between 7-11 August. Dario Cataldo, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe and Xabier Zandio will be joining the duo for the trip to Spain, as will Vasil Kiryienka, who has not ridden competitively since his withdrawal on ninth stage of the Tour de France.