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Tour de France-Vuelta double the motivation for Froome

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 01:29

Froome says Tour de France-Vuelta double motivates him

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SHOWS: UNKNOWN LOCATION (RECENT) (TEAM SKY VNR - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRIS FROOME, TEAM SKY RIDER, SAYING: "It certainly is a huge, huge motivation for me, given that no one in the modern era has done the Tour/Vuelta double. It was back in 1995 I think the last time it was done, and especially since the Vuelta has moved to being after the Tour (de France) it's never been done before. "So in a way it's an even bigger challenge for me than just targeting the Tour de France, so my motivation couldn't be higher at this point." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRIS FROOME, TEAM SKY RIDER, SAYING: "It certainly feels as if I've got unfinished business at the Vuelta a Espana. Having finished second three times now it would just be incredible to win the Vuelta . "It's a race I love doing every year, amazing crowds, amazing rivalry between the riders. It's a relentless race, the course is always a lot more mountainous than the Tour de France, the conditions are tougher being mid-August in Spain, it's quite common to have temperatures up in the mid 40s… it's brutal, absolutely brutal, and to win something like that it feels as if you're taking on an even bigger challenge." STORY: Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome said that the opportunity to win the Tour de France/Vuelta double is the reason he is competing in this year's Vuelta a Espana. The Briton is looking to be only the third rider, after France's Jacques Anquetil in 1963 and Bernard Hinault in 1978, to win both races in the same year. "It certainly is a huge, huge motivation for me, given that no one in the modern era has done the Tour/Vuelta double," the Team Sky rider said. "Especially since the Vuelta has moved to being after the Tour it's never been done before. "So in a way it's an even bigger challenge for me than just targeting the Tour de France, so my motivation couldn't be higher at this point." Froome, who won this year's Tour in Paris, has previously finished second in the Vuelta on three occasions. No rider has won the Tour and Vuelta in the same year since the latter was moved to August and September from April in 1995. The 2017 Vuelta begins on Aug. 19 in France's Nimes and finishes on Sept. 10 in Madrid.

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Tour de France-Vuelta double the motivation for Froome

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 01:29