Dou­ble top

Cycling Weekly - - Contents - Si­mon Richard­son Edi­tor

Chris Froome’s Grand Tour dou­ble is a feat that will go down in the an­nals of cy­cling as one of the sport’s stand­out achieve­ments. The chances are it won’t be re­peated for decades. Un­matched in the cur­rent era of cy­cling, it’s a brace of re­sults that con­tin­ues to move him fur­ther up the all-time stand­ings list.

There are some that con­tinue to ques­tion Sky’s per­for­mances, per­haps not sur­pris­ing fol­low­ing the rev­e­la­tions of the pre­vi­ous year, but Froome’s con­sis­tency and con­tin­ued lack of even the faintest whiff of a scan­dal is slowly turn­ing the fo­cus of Grand Tour cov­er­age away from dop­ing and back to the rac­ing.

And there could be one fi­nal crown­ing glory for him this sea­son if he can re­tain his fo­cus. The Worlds TT course in Bergen was ap­par­ently de­signed specif­i­cally with the Brit in mind. The 31km course is gen­tly rolling with a 9.1 per cent 3.4km climb to the fin­ish at the top of Mount Floyen over­look­ing the Nor­we­gian city.

His big­gest chal­lenge should come from Giro d’italia win­ner Tom Du­moulin, mak­ing it a shootout of the Grand Tour champs. And it sets up an en­tic­ing ri­valry that is likely to build all the way to the start of next

year’s Tour de France.

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