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Giro d'Italia organiser: 2018 route suits Chris Froome

Joe Robinson
28 Nov 2017

Ahead of tomorrow's route announcement, Mauro Vegni suggests Chris Froome has skills needed to win 2018 Giro d'Italia

Ahead of tomorrow's route announcement, race director Mauro Vegni has suggested that the 2018 Giro d'Italia will lend itself to the abilities of Chris Froome (Team Sky). 

Speaking to Cyclist at the Rouleur Classic earlier this month, Vegni confirmed that the route for next year's race will suit a rider with a complete set of skills before naming Froome as one of these potential riders.

Vegni's comments add weight to reports made on Dutch news website telesport.nl that a source within RCS - race organiser of the Giro - confirmed the current Tour de France champion's attendance next year.

Although Vegni failed to unveil specifics regarding the route and potential riders, he did confirm that the race will shy away from climbs at high altitude unlike previous years.

'In next year's Giro, we will not go above the 2,000m mark so much, which means not much climbing in the Dolomites. The concentration of the race will centre more on the Alps,' he said.

Vegni then added, 'This route will suit many riders. Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome certainly both have the characteristics that complement this route.'

Rumours regarding Froome's attempt at Giro glory have progressively built, with the Team Sky man even stoking speculation himself by retweeting the Giro's official twitter page.

Having won both the Tour and Vuelta a Espana in 2017, victory at the Giro would see Froome become defending champion of all three Grand Tours, an unprecedented achievement in modern cycling.

Standing in the way of this achievement will be Italians Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Fabio Aru (UAE-Team Emirates), who are expected to target the Giro next season.

Both riders are confirmed to be attending the route announcement of the Giro in Milan tomorrow, with the expectation both will be racing their home Grand Tour.

Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) could miss next year's race, focusing on challenging Froome's three-year stranglehold on the Tour's yellow jersey.

The 2018 Giro d'Italia will start on 5th May with a 10.1km individual time trial around Jerusalem, Israel.