Why Chris Froome won’t jeopardise Tour hopes by riding the Giro

The three-time Tour de France winner is unlikely to compromise his chances at a fourth yellow jersey in search of Giro d'Italia glory

Chris Froome onstage 15 of the 2016 Tour de France (Yuzuru Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The question of whether Chris Froome will line up in next year’s Giro d’Italia for the first time in seven seasons hangs on another: is the Giro-Tour de France double still possible in the current era?

Almost two decades have passed since Marco Pantani last achieved this feat, and back in 1998 cycling looked very different indeed.

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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.