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Froome chasing Giro/Tour double, Giro route announced: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

November 30, 2017

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Froome to ride Giro d’Italia, vying for first Giro/Tour double in 20 years

by Shane Stokes

While he is vying for a fifth Tour de France win next year, Chris Froome has announced that he will indeed chase victory in the Giro d’Italia beforehand. The feat hasn’t been achieved since Marco Pantani in 1998, with riders such as Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and others failing to shine in both races since then.

However while a fifth Tour is a major career target for Froome, the Briton has accepted the risk and announced on Wednesday that he will ride the race. He confirmed his targeting of the event in a short video message screened at the Giro’s route presentation, and elaborated on that in a Team Sky statement.

“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,” he said. “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. I feel as if my cycling career started in Italy in some ways. I lived there for three years when I began my career as a professional, so having the opportunity to go back to the Giro in the position I am now in, and with the opportunity I have, feels in some ways like completing a circle.”

Froome previously rode the race in 2009 and 2010. He was 36th in his debut, then disqualified the following year after he held onto a motorbike on a climb. He hasn’t returned since. If he were to win the race, he would join Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault as the only riders to take three successive Grand Tours.

Click through to read the full story on CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image is from the Giro d’Italia 2018 route presentation in Milan, and was taken by Photo LaPresse/Fabio Ferrari.

  • Gus

    Really enjoying the recent podcasts, please keep it up!

  • Daniel

    Tour of Bright likely cancelled yet Letape orgainsers think no probs with 100mm of rain predictions. I can see which mob has a history of organising events in the region.

    • jules

      the weather can be very localised up there, due to how the mountains block it. while it’s bucketing on the Bright side, it can be pretty calm on the Omeo side of Hotham

      • Robert Merkel

        Yeah. It’s a pretty long way, even as the crow flies, between Jindabyne and Bright.

        That said, they better be watching the weather forecasts and be prepared to make a call, because I’m sure the National Park managers and local cops will do it for them on the day of the event if they have to.

        • jules

          if they don’t it might be a tough day in the saddle. I can’t see Froome agreeing to spend 6 hours riding in the freezing rain in December.

          • Bex

            yep, Froome can’t afford to take chances with his health. if he does ride it won’t be at a pace where anyone can keep up, he’ll just get it done as quick as possible.

      • Bex

        looking at the forecast for Thredbo on BOM it’s showing 100-200mm on Sat, winds NW 35-50kmh. sounds pretty miserable and not the sort of weather an event should be run in. Considering the mountainous terrain, windy roads, elevation changes; seems like pure money grab to run it in those conditions.

        • jules

          yes, they’ll lose heaps of money if it’s cancelled. I can see their dilemma.

          • Bex

            i guess they just have to work out how much they’ll be paying if someone’s seriously injured due to the conditions on the day.

            that’s what insurance is for anyway.. i just don’t get the feeling they’re putting the safety of their participants before their profits.

    • Andy B

      Every weather forecast I look at is hugely varied.. its hard to make a call without solid information
      ive checked many and jindabyne forecast ranges from 10-100mm

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