Ireland's Nicolas Roche has been included on the Team Sky roster for the upcoming Vuelta a Espana.

This year's Tour de France winner Chris Froome will lead the team as he goes for a 2015 Grand Tour double, alongside Sergio Henao, Mikel Nieve, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Ian Boswell, Salvatore Puccio, Roche and Geraint Thomas.

Team principal Dave Brailsford said: "It’s been an unforgettable summer for us after winning the Tour de France for the third time, but it’s important to move on quickly, realign our goals and focus on the new challenges ahead.

"We’ve selected a strong squad for the Vuelta that has the right blend of talent and experience to support Chris Froome through the tough three weeks ahead."

Froome added: "I have great memories from this race so I’m pleased to be back. I’ve had a good rest after the Tour and now I’m ready for my next challenge.

"It will certainly be a very competitive race given the strong field – which will be great for the fans to watch.

"The competition will be tough and this is bike racing so anything can happen, but we have an excellent team and we’re ready to get the race started."

Roche, who has started 14 Grand Tours in his career to date, has an impressive record in Spain's showpiece cycling event, with general classification finishes of sixth and fifth in 2010 and 2013 respectively.