Chris Froome admits it would be a huge challenge to try and win both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in the same year, but hasn't ruled out trying

Tour de France winner Chris Froome says he may still decide to ride the Vuelta a España in an attempt to complete a rare double.

With only 27 days separating the end of the Tour de France in Paris and the start of the Vuelta in Puerto Baños it would be no easy task for Froome to target the general classification, but the Brit is refusing to rule it out.

“I would say it’s a bit early to say 100 per cent but I think that could potentially be on the cards, certainly,” said Froome, who finished runner-up at the Vuelta last year and in 2011,” he said.

“I know it would be a massive challenge to back it up with another grand tour now, especially to go with the aim of going for the general classification again. But yeah, that’s at the back of my mind and maybe that could be on the cards.”

Only two cyclists in history have won both the Tour and the Vuelta in the same season – Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1979) – but none since the Spanish race moved from its the Spring to the Autumn in 1995.

Former Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt has called for Geraint Thomas to be given the chance to lead the team at the Vuelta after his impressive performances at the Tour.

“There’s more to come from Geraint,” Backstedt told the BBC. “I certainly hope they give him the opportunity with the back-up of a team that’s clearly capable of looking after a rider to have a go at the general classification.

“I would like to see that being in the Tour of Spain this year.”

After Thomas’s hectic start to the season, riding all the cobbled classics and winning E3 Harelbeke, the Welshman may find riding another three-week stage race a step too far this season, but the common consensus is that the Olympic gold medalist is ready to lead a Grand Tour.

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  • RobTM

    Yes good point, Porte had a plan. But he crashed stage 13 of Giro, and was almost anon in this TdF he must have performances left in his legs, he may even be negotiating for next year off a somewhat disappointing season so could have good reasons to taken an opportunity. Pushing G into GT leader so soon as Magnus Backstedt suggests seems crazy courageous to me, Tour of Britain is 6-13 September allows more recovery, and with some aggro hill racing perhaps suits G’s talents. Froome would only have something to lose in ToB and Porte going for it, won’t gain the same publicity

  • Sam Korn

    Won’t be Porte — he’s already peaked for two GTs this year and he said Alpe d’Huez was his last mountain stage for Sky. Sergio Henao or Mikel Nieve would be more likely leaders if Froome and Thomas both sit it out. Or maybe Kennaugh if he’s recovered, though he hasn’t looked in the best of form this year.

  • RobTM

    Given all the work G put in, and him fading badly at end in Alps, isn’t that sign of G needing some recovery time after over-achieving, giving his all day after day for Froome? Wouldn’t Porte who was hampered by illness in TdF be more logical, with G perhaps being leader for Tour of Britain for experience and aim at Giro or Vuelta next year? Depends on who Sky signs though, Oleg Tinkov is suggesting a real name; I think he must mean Mikel Landa who looks like a good alternate for Froome