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.