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by Matt de Neef
November 27, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant win round 5 of the CX World Cup; Van der Poel and Cant win at Flandriencross; Eddy Merckx, Fabio Aru want Chris Froome to ride the Giro d’Italia in 2018; Yoann Offredo fined 700 Euros for April altercation; Carlee Taylor to finish international career with Holden Women’s Racing; Chris Boardman: Compulsory helmet laws won’t make riding safer; BMW keen for elevated cycling paths.
There are renewed calls for Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Sky) to ride the Giro d’Italia in 2018, with Eddy Merckx and Fabio Aru (Astana) among those advocating for the Briton’s appearance.
Merckx has urged Froome to ride the Italian Grand Tour, in an attempt to emulate his feat of holding all three Grand Tour titles at the same time.
“Froome would do well to come to the Giro next year,” Merckx told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “In fact, being a champion, he has to come, even if he has a fifth Tour win in mind. And if Dumoulin is there too, it will be a beautiful duel. I don’t know who would win.”
No rider has won the Giro-Tour double since Marco Pantani in 1998 and riders that have tried since have fallen well short. Merckx believes it’s possible for Froome: “For a rider like Froome, I say it is [possible]. He showed it this year with the Tour-Vuelta double,” said Merckx. “He has the mentality and the motivation to achieve the feat – or at least to try it.”
Fabio Aru, who has confirmed he’ll race the Giro and Vuelta in 2018 with new team UAE Team Emirates, has said he’d like Froome to be at the Giro: “I’ve heard that he’s thinking about it [riding the Giro],” Aru told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Froome is a great champion and a tough nut. I hope he’s at the Giro because it would give the race more prestige and I like the big show down.”