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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.

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