Chris Froome receives trophy for 2011 victory of La Vuelta: It was such a special race
Nov 09 2020 05:26 am CET

Chris Froome receives trophy for 2011 victory of La Vuelta: It was such a special race
Chris Froome receives trophy for 2011 victory of La Vuelta: It was such a special race
Photo of Chris Froome by Team Ineos

Chris Froome (Ineos Grenadiers) has received the trophy of winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España during the last stage of the 2020 edition of the race.

On his last racing day as a member of Team Ineos Grenadiers -from 2021 he will join Israel Start-Up Nation- the Kenyan-born Briton received the trophy for his win on the 2011 edition of the Spanish grand tour, a victory that he received after Juan Jose Cobo was stripped from it due to doping use.

"It’s a really special victory," said Froome. "I have really special memories obviously looking back to this period, but also the way I was told about this victory, when I woke up the day after my big accident last year. I was in ICU still when I was told: ‘Congratulations, you’ve won La Vuelta.’ That was a really strange feeling. It was such a special race to me.

"It’s where I first discovered myself as a Grand Tour rider and a GC contender. It gave me confidence to then go on to the Tour de France, to keep targeting Grand Tours. I certainly hope next season I’ll be here in a different capacity."

The 18th stage of the 2020 Vuelta a España was the last racing day of the four-time Tour de France winner with Team Ineos Grenadiers. "It's been an emotional day on my last day with the team. It’s been 11 years. I’m excited about what lies ahead but it’s also time for me to reflect on all the highs and lows of the last 11 years.

"At the end of the day it was mano a mano a few times – Richard versus the other GC guys. On stages like Angliru and yesterday there are such small margins in it. Richard is happy – he feels like he gave everything, and the team should be really chuffed with that result, even though it wasn’t a victory."







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