Brailsford confirms Vuelta on Froome’s radar
SISTERON, France (VN) — Chris Froome is not yet to Paris, but Sky officials confirmed that the Vuelta a España is on his radar.
Sky principal Dave Brailsford said a final decision will be made only after the Tour is over, but it’s likely Froome could race the Spanish grand tour this year as well.
“We won’t make a decision until we see how he comes out of the Tour, but it’s definitely a possibility,” Brailsford told VeloNews on Tuesday.
Froome has some unfinished business with the Spanish grand tour, twice finishing second. He was second behind Juanjo Cobo in his breakout 2011 season, and then runner-up again last year in a thrilling battle against Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo).
Brailsford also squashed the idea that Froome would race the Giro d’Italia and Tour in the same season, at least not in the foreseeable future. Contador won this year’s Giro, but is flat in this year’s Tour, something that Brailsford said isn’t a surprise.
“Alberto has done a commendable job trying to win both, but you could see he was tired coming out of the Giro,” Brailsford said. “It’s more conceivable that Chris could do the Giro-Vuelta, or Tour-Vuelta. The main focus will remain on the Tour.”