‘To have all three jer­seys is in­cred­i­ble feel­ing’

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT - IAN PARKER

CHRIS FROOME says he achieved a ‘dream’ af­ter be­com­ing the first Bri­tish man to win the Giro d’Italia as he com­pleted the set of Grand Tour vic­to­ries with his third suc­ces­sive tri­umph.

Hav­ing safely ne­go­ti­ated yes­ter­day’s 115-kilo­me­tre, largely cer­e­mo­nial fi­nal stage in Rome, the 33-year-old Team Sky rider fin­ished 46 sec­onds clear of sec­ond-placed Dutch­man Tom Du­moulin, the 2017 Giro cham­pion, in the gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

Froome’s sixth Grand Tour ti­tle, fol­low­ing last year’s fourth Tour de France win and maiden La Vuelta vic­tory, sees him be­come the sev­enth man to have won all three races and just the third to hold the trio of ti­tles si­mul­ta­ne­ously, af­ter Eddy Mer­ckx in 1973 and Bernard Hin­ault nine years later.

Froome said: “I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet, but I’m sure it will over the next few days once I’ve had a bit of time to re­flect.

“It has just been in­cred­i­ble. Ob­vi­ously for any cy­clist this is the dream. To have all three lead­ers’ jer­seys in the space of 10 months is just an in­cred­i­ble, in­cred­i­ble feel­ing. I’m still pinch­ing my­self.

“It was great to be able to soak up the at­mos­phere here in Rome, all the mon­u­ments, the crowds.It was a great at­mos­phere.

“My re­la­tion­ship with this race – I’ve al­ways been a lit­tle bit afraid of com­ing here and re­ally tar­get­ing it, just be­cause of the de­mands of the race. To be here in this po­si­tion, to have won the race, I can’t quite be­lieve it my­self.”

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