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Chris Froome eyes rare Tour de France-Vuelta double

AFPAFP 26/07/2016

Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome could attempt again to become the first rider since Carlos Sastre in 2008 to achieve a Tour and Vuelta a Espana double, his Team Sky said Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Kenyan-born Briton, who cruised to a third Tour de France crown in Paris on Sunday, broke a bone in his foot in last year's Vuelta attempting to repeat Sastre's feat.

However, even with his next step being to bid for Olympic gold in Rio in both the road race and the time-trial, Sky chief Dave Brailsford says the Vuelta is still on the schedule for Froome, who has twice finished runner-up in the event.

Tour de France winner Chris Froome could race in the Vuelta a Espana after the Olympics © Provided by AFP Tour de France winner Chris Froome could race in the Vuelta a Espana after the Olympics "That's the plan at the minute. The season-long plan was Tour, on to the Olympics and on after that to the Vuelta, and that's still the outline at the minute," Brailsford told Sky Sports.

"As we go through the next phase with the Olympics, we will assess it as we go along. All being well, that's what we will be doing."

The 2016 Vuelta begins in Ourense, northwest Spain, on August 20, 10 days after the Olympic time-trial takes place.

It finishes on September 11 in Madrid.

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