Colombian rider Sergio Henao will lead Team Sky's challenge at the forthcoming Tour of Spain, the British team announced on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old climbing specialist will spearhead a nine-strong squad that also includes Edvald Boasson Hagen, Dario Cataldo, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe, Rigoberto Uran and Xabier Zandio.

"It's a testament to the strength and depth in this team that we can line up in all three Grand Tours this year with such strong squads," said team principal Dave Brailsford.

"We've watched Sergio develop since he joined the team and this is a great opportunity for him to demonstrate what he is capable of on a big stage like the Vuelta."

Henao said: "The Vuelta is a huge race for me and an important and prestigious event.

"It is an honour to be picked as the team leader and it's a responsibility that I want to try and fulfil. I respect what the team has asked of me and I want to try and make the most out of the opportunity."

Team Sky's Tour de France champion Chris Froome is currently engaged in the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado.

The Tour of Spain begins on Saturday.

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