Sport Chris Froome writes more history with La Vuelta victory

21:50  10 september  2017
21:50  10 september  2017 Source:   Press Association

Froome moves a minute clear in La Vuelta

  Froome moves a minute clear in La Vuelta Chris Froome extended his overall lead in La Vuelta after Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 129-kilometre 15th stage from Alcala la Real to Sierra Nevada.Chris Froome extended his overall lead in La Vuelta after Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 129-kilometre 15th stage from Alcala la Real to Sierra Nevada.

Chris Froome did not need victory in La Vuelta to put his name in the history books, but by Riders may start the season targeting either the Giro or the Tour, but most seem to end up fighting it out in the Vuelta . Froome himself has a long history with a race he has finished in second place three times.

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Chris Froome did not need victory in La Vuelta to put his name in the history books, but by winning Spain's grand tour he has opened up a whole new chapter.

The four-time Tour de France winner has become the first man to win the Tour and the Vuelta in the same year since 1978 - back when the Vuelta was still raced in the early part of the season - and the first man to win consecutive grand tours in the same season since Marco Pantani's Giro d'Italia-Tour double in 1998.

Froome is Britain's first ever winner in the Vuelta, and the first Briton to win a grand tour other than the Tour de France.

Chris Froome tightens grip on La Vuelta title with dominant time trial win

  Chris Froome tightens grip on La Vuelta title with dominant time trial win Great Britain's Chris Froome tightened his grip on the overall lead at La Vuelta by coasting to victory in the stage 16 time trial from Circuito de Navarra to Logrono. The Team Sky rider, who is aiming to become the first person to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same year since 1978, clocked 47 minutes exactly over the 40.2km course. Froome's time was almost a full minute faster than nearest rival Vincenzo Nibali, of Bahrain-Merida, who was third.With five stages left, Froome now leads Italian Nibali by one minute and 58 seconds in the race for the red jersey.

Stage 18 of La Vuelta 2017 favoured the attackers and Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal) made the most of it. The Belgian dominated his breakaway companions to claim his first professional victory at Santo Toribio de Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “Today worked out perfectly in my favour.

Chris Froome virtually secured overall victory in the Vuelta a Espana Saturday by extending his lead over Vincenzo Nibali as Alberto Contador won the 20th Advertise. For a full technical spec including more detail on rich media formats, payment terms or any other questions you may have, Please

If Team Sky and Froome have been criticised for putting all their eggs in the Tour basket each year, this victory shows he and they can not only build grand tour-winning form but sustain it.

The Vuelta perhaps ranks third out of the three grand tours in stature, but its reputation has grown immensely in recent years as each season it boasts stronger line-ups.

Riders may start the season targeting either the Giro or the Tour, but most seem to end up fighting it out in the Vuelta.

Froome himself has a long history with a race he has finished in second place three times.

Known as a late bloomer, his career was 12 seconds away from receiving a kick-start when he was a close runner-up in 2011.

He was an accidental contender, having only made Sky's line-up as a late replacement for Lars Petter Nordhaug and racing in the service of Bradley Wiggins, before taking the red jersey with a shock performance in the time trial.

Chris Froome set for Tour-Vuelta double after Alberto Contador wins stage 20

  Chris Froome set for Tour-Vuelta double after Alberto Contador wins stage 20 Chris Froome is set to become the first man to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same year since 1978 after defending the red jersey in Saturday's penultimate stage.Chris Froome is set to become the first man to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same year since 1978 after defending the red jersey in Saturday's penultimate stage.

Chris Froome extended his lead in La Vuelta with victory in stage nine. I've been to the Vuelta so many times, trying to target this race, and so far it feels like everything is going really well."

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He would be beaten by another outsider, Juan Jose Cobo, but only after a moment's hesitation on stage 15 as Wiggins cracked on the Angliru - the same climb where Froome effectively wrapped up his victory this year.

He was back 12 months later, finishing fourth after emptying himself in support of Wiggins in the Tour de France, but the Vuelta then took a back seat as Froome turned his own attention to the Tour.

But he rode again in 2014 after crashing in France, and after finishing second to Alberto Contador by 70 seconds he was not only impressed with how the Vuelta teed him up for the winter but intrigued by how competitive he could be.

Another second place to Nairo Quintana 12 months ago further convinced him he could win in Spain without compromising the Tour, and this year he has proved it.

While others' bids to win consecutive grand tours of late have fallen short - notably the Giro-Tour double attempts of Contador in 2015 and Quintana this year - Froome has delivered where others could not.

La Vuelta in numbers

  La Vuelta in numbers Chris Froome has effectively sealed his first La Vuelta crown after extending his lead on the penultimate stage. That will see him complete the Tour-Vuelta double this season, the first man to win both races in the same year since 1978.Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the race in numbers.1 - Froome is the first Briton to win the Vuelta in its 72-year history.3 - Froome joins Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault as the only men to have won the Tour and the Vuelta in the same year.5 - Combined with his four Tour de France titles, Froome is blazing a trail as Britain's most successful Grand Tour rider.

Team Sky's Chris Froome has all but secured his first overall victory in the Vuelta a España. In the last mountain stage, the Briton gained time on most of his direct Join our team! Have you always wanted to write about cycling? Click HERE to contact us! Get the latest cycling news in your mailbox.

Chris Froome believes he has secured his status as one of cycling's all-time greats as he stands on The first rider to win the Tour and go onto win the Vuelta . "This is sealing my place in the history of Each victory tells its own story . Today was such an emotional moment," added Froome , who broke

It deserves to be recognised as a truly brilliant sporting accomplishment, though in keeping with Froome's understated personality it will probably go under the radar at home.

Froome was deeply impressive in the way he was able to hold off Vincenzo Nibali - who should have been well-rested since his exertions in the Giro in May.

Key again was the depth of Team Sky, who were able to send another star-studded support squad less than four weeks after the end of the Tour, and turning in one of the best overall team performances in years to control this race over mountainous terrain.

Froome now has decisions to make about where he goes next. There is no question that the Tour still matters the most. His victory in July left him one shy of the all-time record of five victories - jointly held by Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain.

But Froome will also be aware that victory in the Giro - a race he has not started since 2010 - would make him only the seventh man in history to have won all three Grand Tours.

Received wisdom - and the recent evidence from riders such as Contador and Quintana - suggest the Giro-Tour double is all but impossible in the modern age - but Froome has given himself an enviable choice when it comes to the next chapter he wants to write.

Impossible to win Tour, Giro and La Vuelta in same year - Stephen Roche .
Former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner Stephen Roche believes it would be "humanly impossible" for Chris Froome to win all three grand tour races in one year. Froome completed the Tour and La Vuelta double by winning the latter in Madrid on Sunday but Roche, who won both the Tour and Giro in 1987, does not think any rider could win all three in the same 12 months because of the importance placed on the Tour.

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