Froome’s history

Chris Froome did not need victory in La Vuelta to put his name in the history books, but by effectively sealing Spain’s grand tour he has opened up a whole new chapter.

The four-time Tour de France winner has become the first man to win the Tour and the Vuelta in the same year since 1978 – back when the Vuelta was still raced in the early part of the season – and the first man to win consecutive grand tours in the same season since Marco Pantani’s Giro d’Italia-Tour double in 1998.

Froome is Britain’s first ever winner in the Vuelta, and the first Briton to win a grand tour other than the Tour de France.

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