Chris Froome: To win the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be incredible
Jul 24 2017 04:53 pm CET

Chris Froome: To win the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be incredible
Chris Froome: To win the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be incredible
Photo of Chris Froome by the A.S.O.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) still hasn't woken up from the dream of winning his fourth Tour de France, but that doesn't stop him from thinking about what is to come.

Anyone would believe that by winning his fourth French Grand Tour, the rider has already gotten used to it, but that is far from reality. "The novelty definitely hasn't worn off, even after having won it three times already," said the Kenyan-born to Sky Sport News.

"It's just such an incredible feeling. The morning after you just wake up and want to pinch yourself."

Now the rider starts to get ready for La Vuelta a España, his next big challenge, and something he has also been preparing for since the start of the season. "The Vuelta is a race I love racing. It's a vicious race but it's three weeks that I enjoy.

"I've come second three times now and I'd love to win the Vuelta. To win the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be absolutely incredible. I've got that opportunity now and I'm certainly going to go for it," he added.

Even though the rider is 32, he believes that he still has many years to go as a professional and plenty of opportunities left to equal the record of Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain of winning five editions of the Tour de France. "Riders have gone into their late thirties still winning the Tour de France. I came into the sport late, so I do feel quite young in cycling years. Cycling is one of those sports where experience is just so valuable.

"I'd like to think I'm still learning in the sport and still improving as a bike rider. And certainly for the foreseeable future and the next three, four, five years I'd like to come back to the Tour de France and, whatever number it is, I just want to lay it all on the line for as long as I can."

If he achieves the goal of winning La Vuelta after having won the Tour, Froome would become the third rider to do so after Anquetil and Hinault.




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