Chris Froome should return to Vuelta a España in 2019, says race director

Froome's 2017 Vuelta win was overshadowed by the salbutamol case, but will he return next year?

With victory in the Vuelta a España, Chris Froome became the first rider in 20 years to win two Grand Tours back-to-back. Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Chris Froome should return to the Vuelta a España in 2019 to challenge for a second victory, according to the race director.

The Team Sky rider became the first Brit to win the Spanish Grand Tour in 2017, but his victory was overshadowed by his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.