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by Shane Stokes
December 1, 2017
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Commenting after Chris Froome confirmed on Wednesday that he will try to win the Giro d’Italia in 2018, the triple race winner Felice Gimondi has tipped the Briton as the top favourite for the event. “Froome wouldn’t have missed the Pink Race: after the Vuelta and multiple Tour de France wins, he must try to win the Giro d’Italia,” he said.
“I think he can succeed and get the double Giro-Tour in the same year, so that he can definitively settle himself as one of the greatest riders ever.”
Gimondi won the Giro in 1967, 1969 and 1976. He also won the Tour de France in 1965 and the Vuelta a España in 1968, completing a rare set of victories in all three Grand Tours. He had tried to win the Tour de France after his 1967 Giro success, but was unable to do so.
“The deepest [regret], I can say. I thought I could get it at the Tour: I was in a brilliant shape, but some intestinal problems knocked me out,” he remembers. “We were riding in the Pyrenees. I was looking for water for 30 kilometers: I took a bottle of cold water from the service van of the Tour and I drank it in one shot.”
It remains to be seen if Froome could pull off a Giro-Tour double, but he will head to the Italian race as the reigning Tour and Vuelta champion. “Froome can do it,” said Gimondi. “It’s difficult to outdistance him on the climbs, because he’s properly skilled and supported by a strong team. He can also perform well in the TT stages, without losing too much from specialists like Dumoulin. Anyway, the battle will include other riders, starting from Aru, who won’t give up before having played all his cards.”