Chris Froome could attempt Three Grand Tours in a row challenge
Nov 07 2017 08:17 pm CET

Chris Froome could attempt Three Grand Tours in a row challenge
Chris Froome could attempt Three Grand Tours in a row challenge
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

Chris Froome (Team Sky) is considering to try a Giro-Tour double for the 2018 season. With the route of the Italian Grand Tour still to be announced, rider and team think that this could be a good option for the season.

The last rider to attempt to take the final victory at the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in the same season was Nairo Quintana and the quest finished with a second place in Italy and a 12th spot at the final classification of La Grande Boucle.

British newspaper The Times claims that Froome is considering the attempt to achieve the goal of taking the victories of the three Grand Tours in a row. Even though the main objective of the 2018 season would be to take a fifth victory at the Tour de France, the Giro could now also be a strong possibility.

One advantage for the Briton would be that there is an extra week between Giro and Tour because the French race will be pushed by a week to avoid long overlaps with the Football World Cup of Russia.

Another advantage would be the fewer days in the cold of the north of Italy, which has the potential of creating bronchial problems for the Tour de France champion, and more days in the hotter weather of Israel, conditions that Froome has stated favour him.

It has been rumoured that the organisation of the Giro d'Italia is campaigning for Froome and 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin to participate and have the clash that the cycling public is expecting.

The last time that the Kenyan-born rider appeared in the Italian Grand Tour was in 2010, when he was disqualified for being towed by a race motorbike, after deciding to withdraw due to a knee injury that stopped him from climbing.

After his victories at the 2017 editions of the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, a potential win in Italy would put him in the history books of the winners of three Grand Tours in a row with Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault and of the Triple big race champions with riders like Jacques Anquetil and more recently Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali.



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