'It’s great for him to be back in this environment': Sky DS backing Froome for Giro/Tour success after racing return

Brett Lancaster says if anyone can complete the Grand Tour double, it's Chris Froome - Words by John Woodhouse

Chris Froome at the start of the Ruta del Sol

(Image credit: JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

Team Sky directeur sportif Brett Lancaster believes if anyone can pull off the improbable double of Giro d’Italia and Tour de France double it’s Chris Froome.

But the Aussie, who guided Froome through the Ruta del Sol, is also aware that outside pressures, such as the ongoing conjecture over the outcome of the UCI’s inquiry into his alleged misuse of salbutamol, could prove a negative influence on his mindset.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).