Chris Froome is considering following up his Tour de France victory with a start at the Vuelta a España, telling Sky Sports News HQ that a Tour-Vuelta double attempt “could be on the cards.”
Froome is currently in the United Kingdom enjoying his success for a few days after months of preparation for cycling’s biggest race. He has not yet confirmed whether or not he will compete in Spain’s Vuelta, where he was runner-up both in 2011 and in 2014, but he is likely to make his decision soon—the Vuelta gets underway in less than a month on August 22.
“I would say it’s a bit early to say 100 per cent, but I think that could potentially be on the cards, certainly,” Froome said of the possible Vuelta bid on Sky Sports News HQ.
“I know it would be a massive challenge to back it up with another grand tour now, especially to go there with the aim of going for the general classification again.
“But yeah, that’s at the back of the mind and maybe that could be on the cards.”
Team principal Dave Brailsford mentioned the possibility of a Vuelta start for Froome during the Tour de France, before Froome’s victory was sealed. Now that Froome has won the Tour, a GC bid at the Vuelta would also be a bid to complete the Tour-Vuelta double. Only two riders in cycling history have won both races in the same year—Jacques Anquetil won the Tour and the Vuelta in 1963 and Bernard Hinault did it in 1978, both at a time when the Vuelta was raced in the springtime, before the Tour.
First, Froome will need to recover a bit of energy after a hard-fought victory in the Tour. He admits that his Tour preparation and the three weeks of racing took their toll.
“It’s not only just the Tour, it’s the whole build-up to it,” he said.
“We spend months and months just doing every little thing right and getting every little detail right to try to get to the Tour in the best shape possible.
“It’s going to be great now just to switch off for a few days.”