Chris Froome targets Vuelta, Tour de France double

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has confirmed his participation in this year's Vuelta a Espana, Team Sky said today.

"I've got the opportunity and I'm certainly going to go for it", Froome said in a statement on Team Sky's website.

Froome, who claimed his fourth Tour title in Paris on Sunday, will become the first British rider to win Spain's national race, which this year starts on August 19 in Nimes and ends on September 10 in Madrid, if he triumphs.

Froome was second overall at the Vuelta to Juan Jose Cobo in 2011, Alberto Contador in 2014 - a year when both men crashed out of the Tour de France early - and to Nairo Quintana last season. I've come second three times now and I'd love to win.

"To win both the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be absolutely incredible".

Team Sky rider Mikel Landa has spoken of his anger at missing out on the Tour de France podium by one second, saying he sacrificed his chances on the Col d'Izoard finish.

Italy's Fabio Aru (Astana) and Spain's Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) are also expected to be on the start line for the opening time trial being held in the French city of Nimes on August 19. While Vincenzo Nibali, who missed the Tour, is expected to make a return to the fray.

"We've got a couple of races in between but we'll dust ourselves down a little bit and go and do it all over again".

That year's edition ran from 25 April to 14 May and it marked a spectacular Grand Tour debut for the Frenchman, with Hinault winning seven stages and then going on to win the Tour de France at his first attempt.

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