Chris Froome has confirmed that he will be competing in the Vuelta a Espana and is hoping to become the first cyclist in 39 years to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year.
Froome secured his fourth Tour de France win last month and he is now fully focused on the Spanish Grand Tour, the third of the sport’s big three, after the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.
He will also be attempting to become the first British rider to win Spain’s national race. The race will be beginning on August 19 in Nimes and ends on September 10 in Madrid.
Froome has finished second in Vuelta on three occasions, last year he finished second to Nairo Quintana in 2016.
Speaking last week Froome said, “I’ve got the opportunity and I’m certainly going to go for it. The Vuelta is a race I love, it’s vicious but it’s three weeks that I enjoy. I’ve come second three times now and I’d love to win. To win both the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be absolutely incredible.”
However, Froome is likely to face stiff competition in the general classification with Romain Bardet, Fabio Ardu and Alberto Contador all expected to take part. Furthermore, Vincenzo Nibali, who missed the Tour de France, is also expected to enter.
Nonetheless, there is general confidence in the Froome camp with Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford confident his rider can win, “There’s no reason why not. We’ve got four weeks to the start of the Vuelta. We’ve got a couple of races in between but we’ll dust ourselves down a little bit and go and do it all over again.”