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Chris Froome confirmed for the 2017 Vuelta a Espana

Chris Froome descends the Tourmalet Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France
Joe Robinson
25 Jul 2017

After a fourth Tour de France victory, Chris Froome aims for a first Vuelta a Espana

Less than one month after his fourth Tour de France victory, Chris Froome will be riding for further Grand Tour success at next month's Vuelta a Espana. After winning a third yellow jersey in succession, the 32-year-old will turn his attention to Spain's three week Grand Tour that starts with a 13.8km Time Trial in Nimes, France on Saturday 19th August

Team Sky's Froome will be looking to finally tick the Vuelta of his list after finishing runner-up on three occasions. Last year, Froome narrowly missed out on the top step of the podium to Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who took the title by 1 minute 23.

The Brit looked to be in control of the race until the short but punchy stage 15 to Formigal in which he lost 2 minutes 37 to rival Quintana.

Similarly, the Brit lost the 2011 edition of the Vuelta by 13 seconds after having orignally worked for team-leader Sir Bradley Wiggins. These near-misses have only furthered the Vuelta ambitions of Froome, who looks to take his maiden Grand Tour outside of France.

During an interview with Sky Sports, Froome commented, 'The Vuelta is a race I love racing. It's a vicious race but it's three weeks that I enjoy.

'I've come second three times now and I'd love to win the Vuelta.' Adding, 'To win the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be absolutely incredible. I've got that opportunity now and I'm certainly going to go for it.'

These aims for two Grand Tours in one season are certainly ambitious. Not has this been done since 2008, in which Spaniard Alberto Contador took both the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.

It is even longer since a rider has taken consecutive Grand Tours in one season. This was last achieved by the late Marco Pantani in 1998, who managed to take both the Giro and Tour back to back. 

it is clear that Froome's goal will be far from a formality yet, if Team Sky are able to replicate their dominant Tour display at the Vuelta, it is hard to look beyond the four time Grand Tour winner.

With key lieutenants such as Wout Poels and Mikel Nieve penciled in to ride, Team Sky will certainly be a force to be reckoned with.

With this being said, stiff competition will offer itself in the form of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) who both look to wear the red jersey in Madrid on Sunday 10th September.