A profile of Peter Kennaugh as our build-up continues to the Tour de France coming to west Essex and East London

Great Britain's London 2012 gold medal-winning team pursuit squad of (left to right) Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas. Picture: Action Images

Great Britain's London 2012 gold medal-winning team pursuit squad of (left to right) Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas. Picture: Action Images

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Peter Kennaugh is set to be a key figure as Chris Froome bids to retain his Tour de France crown next month.

Like Ongar’s Mark Cavendish, the 24-year-old comes from the Isle of Man and his all-round ability is evidenced by the titles he has won.

A former junior and Under-23 national road race champion, Kennaugh was part of the world record-breaking four-man Great Britain team pursuit squad that won gold at London 2012.

The Team Sky rider is quick but he is also a fine climber, showing his prowess in his debut Tour de France appearance last year when he played a key role in helping Froome triumph on the eighth stage to Ax 3 Domaines.

This was Kennaugh’s fourth ‘Grand Tour’, having ridden the Giro d’Italia the previous two years and Vuelta a Espana in 2010.

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