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by Neal Rogers
July 25, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Howes wins final stage at Cascade Classic as Carpenter defends GC title; Poidevin wins final stage at Cascade Classic as Dragoo seals overall; Lemieux, Fortin beat favorites to win Red Hook Crit London; After fourth Tour victory, Froome sets sights on Vuelta a España; Majka to join Sagan for strong Bora-Hansgrohe squad at Tour de Pologne; Katusha-Alpecin extends with Hollenstein, Restrepo through 2018; Citing influence of rider agents, BMC discontinues U23 development team; Video: Best of the 2017 Tour de France; Video: Sunweb’s Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil wrap up successful Tour de France.
Chris Froome is happily settling into life as a four-time Tour de France winner, but insists there is still more to come. After waking up in Paris following an evening of celebrations, Froome saw the achievement of a fourth Tour win, and his third in a row, start to sink in.
“The novelty definitely hasn’t worn off, even after having won it three times already,” Froome said to Sky Sport News. “It’s just such an incredible feeling. The morning after you just wake up and want to pinch yourself. It certainly doesn’t get any easier winning the Tour de France that’s for sure. But I think learning all the things that come with winning the Tour – that’s certainly getting a bit easier over the years.”
For Froome attention now turns to the Vuelta, which comes quickly on the heels of the Tour de France. The race starts on August 19 and presents plenty of unfinished business for the Brit, who finished as runner-up three times — in 2016, behind Nairo Quintana; in 2014, behind Alberto Contador, and in 2011, behind Juan Jose Cobo. Froome also finished fourth overall in 2012, behind Contador, Alejandro Valverde, and Joaquim Rodriguez.
“The Vuelta is a race I love racing,” he said. “It’s a vicious race but it’s three weeks that I enjoy. I’ve come second three times now and I’d love to win the Vuelta. To win the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be absolutely incredible. I’ve got that opportunity now and I’m certainly going to go for it.”
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