Tour-Vuelta double places Chris Froome among the true greats of cycling

Froome has paralleled the feats of many of the past greats of cycling with an historic Tour de France, Vuelta a España double win

Chris Froome at the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

At the Vuelta’s pre-race press conference for the race favourites, held very fittingly in the arena at the spectacular Roman amphitheatre in Nîmes, Chris Froome was asked to draw a comparison between himself and Eddy Merckx.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.