Cycling

Froome to race at Vuelta a Espana

Chris Froome (Getty)
Chris Froome (Getty)

Marseille - Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has confirmed his participation in this year's Vuelta a Espana, Team Sky said on Thursday. 

Froome, who won the Tour title on Sunday in Paris, has previously finished second in the Vuelta on three occasions. 

"I've got the opportunity and I'm certainly going to go for it," Froome said in a statement on Team Sky's website. 

"The Vuelta is a race I love - it's vicious but it's three weeks that I enjoy. I've come second three times now and I'd love to win. 

"To win both the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be absolutely incredible." 

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 19 August in France's Nimes and finishes on 10 September in Madrid.

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