Sport Chris Froome deserves SPOTY recognition after Tour-Vuelta double - Sarah Storey

23:05  11 september  2017
23:05  11 september  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Paralympic star Dame Sarah Storey believes Chris Froome is the obvious candidate to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for his "staggering" achievements.

Having won a third straight Tour de France in July - his fourth in five years - Froome completed an unprecedented double when he added the Vuelta to his CV on Sunday.

In doing so, he became the first British rider to win the race and joined French greats Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault as the only men to have won both the French and Spanish 'Grand Tours' in the same season, although they did it before the Vuelta moved from spring to autumn.

Chris Froome wins fifth Grand Tour title

  Chris Froome wins fifth Grand Tour title 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.

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“ Froome winning the Vuelta a Espana, especially after winning the Tour de France, is a major, major achievement in modern cycling and I think he deserves not only to win Sports Personality of the Year, but he deserves a To achieve that Tour / Vuelta double , it will go down in the history books.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Storey said: "For me, he was already a great with his four Tour wins, three in a row, but to do what he has just done is staggering.

"This kind of dominance - done genuinely - has not been seen for a very long time. To win these races, just a month apart, is the most remarkable thing you can do in cycling.

"I don't think people can imagine how hard something like this is. Your body just becomes so depleted, and your metabolism is racing, it is really difficult to even maintain your weight.

"But he has managed to get over the Tour, carve out some time to recover, keep training and then go again, at the front of the race, day after day."

That said, Froome's performances have been hugely impressive since 2011 but they have not translated into SPOTY success.

La Vuelta in numbers

  La Vuelta in numbers Chris Froome has won La Vuelta, becoming the first man since 1978 to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year. 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 an 27 - days between the end of this year's Tour de France and the start of La Vuelta. Froome is the first rider to win the double since the Vuelta moved to its current spot in the calendar.

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British cyclist Chris Froome says he has unfinished business as he bids to become only the third rider, after France’s Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, to win both tours of France and Spain in the same year.

The 32-year-old made the award's shortlist in 2013 and 2015, finishing sixth in the public vote both times, but failed to make the 16-strong list last year, despite winning the Tour, several other races and an Olympic bronze.

Since the controversy over an all-male list in 2011, the contenders have been picked by a 12-strong panel comprised of six men and six women - three executives from BBC Sport, three newspaper sports editors, three former nominees, two broadcasters and a senior figure from the industry.

Currently the second favourite with bookmakers behind Anthony Joshua, there is little chance of Froome failing to make the list but pundits have wondered if his feats will be underestimated by the public during the show.

It is often said the Team Sky leader may struggle to connect with them because he was born in Kenya to British parents, went to school in South Africa, lives in Monaco and rarely visits the UK.

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.

I believe this Vuelta can be a defining moment for Team Sky and for Chris Froome . “Only two riders have done the Tour / Vuelta double in the same season - Jacques It is great to have Wout Poels back after injury and it is an opportunity for him to put his mark on the season after a challenging year.

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Others have suggested his softly spoken demeanour is a factor in his low profile, while some cycling fans object to his well-backed team's stranglehold on the sport and note that they are still under a UK Anti-Doping investigation, although Froome himself has not been implicated in any way.

Storey, who has twice made the SPOTY shortlist in her own career, believes Froome has been unlucky in the past as other shortlisted riders have split the cycling vote. She also dismisses the nationality and personality arguments, saying both are unfair.

"To lead a cycling team, you have to get everybody behind you and that means all those riders, many of whom are stars in their own right, want to work for him," Storey said.

"Trust me, he is very well respected in the sport and that requires a lot of personality.

"As for him not being British enough, well, that is very strange, because we celebrate lots of athletes who are not born or live here and it is not something we should be prejudiced about.

"He is happy to compete with the Union Jack on his jersey, he leads a British team and he has inspired thousands of British youngsters.

"Lots of riders live and train abroad because the roads are safer and the weather is better. Who are we to begrudge them that?"

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.

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