The two-time winner of the Tour de France, Chris Froome, could consider riding the Vuelta a Espana this year after the Tour and the Olympic Games, according to Nico Portal.
Froome just finished the Volta a Catalunya where he finished eighth overall, as Movistar’s Nairo Quintana won overall; but riding the Vuelta for the third straight season could be something that might interest Sky’s main man.
Froome hasn’t done much racing this year, but in the next months, his schedule will pick up as he aims to become a three-time winner of the Tour.
The Kenyan born rider hasn’t had much luck with the Vuelta, last year he crashed out after breaking his foot, so he will be looking to make amends.
Froome is ‘thinking over’ riding Spain’s premier race, says Portal
The objective at the beginning of the year was the Tour and the Olympics Game in Rio, where Froome will be looking to win the gold medal; but barring no injuries the Vuelta precedes the main objectives, so it will mean Froome could be at the peak of his powers by the time the Vuelta rolls around.
Speaking to Cycling News ahead of Stage 7 of the Volta a Catalunya, Portal said that the rider is “thinking it over", adding that "It’s not a pre-season objective but it’s a race he likes a lot.”
Froome has been with Sky at the Volta a Catalunya, and there are small comparisons with the two races. Portal said the ‘weather’ could be a deciding factor in whether Froome opts to race in Spain come the end of the summer.
But at the Volta a Catalunya, Froome was there or thereabouts when it came to the big mountain stages said Portal: “Chris was up there until the very last part of the stage, where there were the big accelerations.”
Next on the agenda for the 30-year-old is a training camp, and then his next race will be the Tour of Romandie, and then after one final training block he will focus on the Criterium du Dauphine and then his primary objective the Tour will be in his crosshairs.