A source within RCS Sport has contradicted a story circulating on Monday that Chris Froome will ride the Giro d’Italia, telling CyclingTips that this news has not been confirmed.
An article on Telesport said that the Team Sky leader would ride the Giro prior to chasing his fifth Tour de France title. It cited an unnamed source within RCS, who was speaking prior to Wednesday’s route announcement in Milan.
Froome took a rare Grand Tour double earlier this year, winning both the Tour and the Vuelta a España. In doing so, he became only the third person in history to take both races, and the first to do so since the Vuelta was moved to its late-season slot.
However speculation that he would try a Giro-Tour double were played down by a RCS insider, who told CyclingTips that the Telesport report was ‘not true.’
Separately, Giro d’Italia race director Mauro Vegni has steered clear from saying that Froome will ride. “We’ve spoken to all the teams and all the top riders, but at the moment we have no official confirmations from any of them.”
Logic had already suggested it would be a huge gamble for Froome to attempt to win both races. The last to do so was Marco Pantani 19 years ago: since then, others have tried to take both races. Alberto Contador won the Giro in 2011 and 2015, but was only able to place fifth in the Tour on each occasion. [He ultimately lost those 2011 results due to his clenbuterol case].
Cadel Evans also aimed to shine in both races, but was unable to do so. After netting fifth in the Giro in 2010, he was 26th in the Tour. Three years later he was third in the Italian race and 39th in the French event.
CyclingTips senior editor Caley Fretz contributed to this article.