Chris Froome tipped to ride the 2018 Giro D’Italia
After months of speculation it now seems that Chris Froome is likely to ride the Giro d’Italia next summer in an attempt to win all 3 Grand Tours.
Achieving the “Tiger Slam” of cycling would mean Froome would confirm himself as one of cycling’s all time greats but would also give the 32 year old possession of the yellow, red and pink jerseys at the same time.
Froome’s participation is set to be confirmed in the next 48 hours, possibly ahead of the official race route unveiling in Milan on Wednesday.
Speculation about whether Froome would take part started after his Vuelta a Espana victory last September. The Team Sky rider did not rule it out but he he stressed that he did not want anything to compromise his tilt at a fifth Tour title which would draw him level with Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.
Earlier in 2017 he became the first professional cyclist to win the Tour and the Vuelta back-to-back in that order. His focus on a fifth tour victory was taken to mean that his attendance at the Giro would be unlikely given that it would weaken his body for the Tour de France.
However, sources close to Team Sky told Telegraph Sport recently that, after much deliberation, Froome was “90 per cent sure” to ride the Giro. And Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Monday that a source within organisers RCS had confirmed Froome’s entry to them.
Fabio Aru, Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin – the reigning champion – are due to help unveil the 2018 route in Milan on Wednesday. The first 3 stages of the 2018 Giro, which starts on the 4th May, will be in Israel.
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