Chris Froome to attempt Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double in 2018
Nov 30 2017 01:07 am CET

Chris Froome to attempt Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double in 2018
Chris Froome to attempt Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double in 2018
Photo of Chris Froome by Team Sky

Chris Froome has confirmed his participation in the 2018 Giro d'Italia. The rider has sent a video to the presentation of the race to make the announcement.

Minutes after he appeared through video at the route presentation of the 101st edition of the Italian Grand Tour, Team Sky confirmed the news of Froome attempting a hat-trick of Grand Tour victories.

The four-time Tour de France winner started in the race for the last time in 2010 and will now return to attempt the victory, which would mean a third Grand Tour win in a row after the 2017 Tour de France and Vuelta a España.

"It’s a unique situation for me, having won the Tour and Vuelta and now having the opportunity to go to the Giro and attempt to win a third consecutive Grand Tour," said the rider. "It’s really exciting to be able to take on a new challenge, to do something that perhaps people wouldn’t expect and to mix it up. It’s a whole new motivation for me to see if I can pull off something special next year."

Marco Pantani was the last rider to achieve the Giro/Tour double in 1998, but Froome has renewed confidence after achieving the Tour/Vuelta double in 2017. "It’s something the team have considered carefully and we’ve talked about a lot," he explained. "We know that it would be a significant feat in the modern era to win both the Giro and the Tour in the same season, but the way we managed things this year gives me confidence that I can successfully target both races.

"Another factor is that there is an extra week between next year’s Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. That’s one more week for recovery and for training than there would be normally, which I think potentially makes it more manageable and conducive to being able to hit both races in great shape.

"The way we managed that period from the Tour through to the Vuelta this season was a great learning experience for us and hopefully something that will stand me in good stead for 2018."



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