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Froome targets Grand Tour slam in 2018 Giro
December 01, 2017
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Milan: Tour de France champion Chris Froome confirmed on Wednesday he will race in next year’s Giro d’Italia from Jerusalem to Rome as he targets a treble of Grand Tour wins.

“Ciao (hello) everyone, I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the start line of the 2018 Giro d’Italia,” Froome said in a short video message played during the 2018 route presentation ceremony in Milan.

The 32-year-old said that it was “a whole new motivation” to go for a third consecutive Grand Tour trophy after winning both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana last year.

The four-time Tour de France winner has competed in the Giro just twice and not since his disqualification in 2010 for holding onto a motorbike.

“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,” said Kenyan-born Froome, attempting to become just the seventh man to win all three Grand Tours. He would be only the third cyclist in history to hold all three titles at the same time, a feat previously achieved by Eddy Merckx in 1973 and Bernard Hinault in 1983.

The Briton claimed his maiden Vuelta a Espana title in September to become just the third rider, after Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Hinault (1978), to win the Tour and Vuelta in the same year.

Froome will also try to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve a Giro and Tour double in the same season.

“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,” he said.

“It’s a whole new motivation for me to see if I can pull off something special next year.”

Froome and Team Sky take confidence from this season’s successful Tour and Vuelta double.

Agence France-Presse

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