Sport Chris Froome wins fifth Grand Tour title

06:15  11 september  2017
06:15  11 september  2017 Source:   Sky News

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.

Image: Team Sky's Chris Froome has clinched victory in La Vuelta a Espana.

PARIS (AP) — Riding a bright yellow bike to match his shiny leader’s jersey, defending champion Chris Froome won his fourth and most challenging Tour de France title on Sunday. Italian Fabio Aru, who briefly led the race, finished fifth , 3:05 behind. “It’s always more difficult to repeat a result,” Bardet said.

Chris Froome celebrates winning La Vuelta a Espana© Getty Chris Froome celebrates winning La Vuelta a Espana

Chris Froome has won La Vuelta a Espana, becoming the first British cyclist in history to do so and near a status as an all-time great.

The four-time Tour de France champion comfortably finished Sunday's final stage to Madrid in 11th place, to clinch victory in the three-week long race's general classification.

Froome's victory means he has become only the third man in history to complete the double of winning Le Tour and La Vuelta in the same season.

Chris Froome celebrated with his son after winning his fourth Tour de France© Getty Chris Froome celebrated with his son after winning his fourth Tour de France

He is also the first cyclist to do the Tour-Vuelta double since La Vuelta was moved after Le Tour in the cycling calendar.

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.

Team Sky leader will face tougher opposition when he seeks a fifth Tour de France title . Photograph: Goffroy Van Der Hassel/AFP/Getty. With no disrespect to Chris Froome immediately after his fourth Tour de France win , I do not believe that the Team Sky leader will make it five and thus

Tags: Chris Froome , cycling, olympics, tour de france, Chris Froome . He won the 100m title in 2013, 2014 and 2015. South Africa’s Akani Simbine, the only other London finalist to race in the Diamond League final, finished sixth.

The 32-year-old's fifth Grand Tour victory puts him joint seventh on the all-time list of Grand Tour wins per rider.

Italy's Matteo Trentin won Sunday's stage, as Froome enjoyed a traditional parade into the Spanish capital clad in the race leader's red jersey.

Froome's high placing in the final stage was also enough to see him win the green points jersey, pipping Trentin.

Although he is some way from the record 11 Grand Tour wins of Belgian Eddy Merckx, Froome is closely approaching Spaniard Alberto Contador's seven victories.

Contador himself, who will now retire, won the penultimate stage of La Vuelta on Saturday, the infamously steep and uneven climb up the challenging Angliru mountain road.

Froome may be prioritising a fifth Tour de France title in 2018, but having bagged a La Vuelta title on his sixth attempt, the cyclist's sights could be set on the third of the Grand Tours: the Giro d'Italia in May.

His La Vuelta victory is the first time Team Sky have won a Grand Tour other than Le Tour de France.

Chris Froome says 'nothing is impossible' after Tour-Vuelta double .
Chris Froome says "nothing is impossible" after his historic Tour de France and La Vuelta double. The 32-year-old Briton on Sunday completed victory in La Vuelta to become the third rider to win the Tours of France and Spain in the same year and the first since the Vuelta was moved to its current position in the calendar in 1995.Froome has long eyed May's Giro d'Italia from afar, knowing the Tour is his priority and it will likely remain so in 2018 when he will seek a fifth yellow jersey.

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