Team Sky’s champion, Chris Froome, has officially confirmed his participation at Giro d’Italia 2018.
Froome will now have to ride for both, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia and aim to get a Tour-Giro double. He revealed the news via an official video message during the Giro in Milan route presentation on Wednesday.
“It’s something the team have considered carefully and we’ve talked about a lot,” Froome stated. “We know that it would be a significant feat in the modern era to win both the Giro and the Tour in the same season, but the way we managed things this year gives me confidence that I can successfully target both races.
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) November 29, 2017
“Another factor is that there is an extra week between next year’s Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. That’s one more week for recovery and for training than there would be normally, which I think potentially makes it more manageable and conducive to being able to hit both races in great shape.”
Speculations came true
There have been several weeks since people first started to speculate regarding Froome’s participation in next season’s Giro d’Italia and it seems the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana double champion is now training for the Italian Grand Tour as well.
— Giro d’Italia (@giroditalia) November 29, 2017
In case he wins next season’s Giro, he will be the seventh cyclist to have ever won all three Grand Tours.
“The way we managed that period from the Tour through to the Vuelta this season was a great learning experience for us. And hopefully something that will stand me in good stead for 2018,” Froome added.
“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. And 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.”