Tuesday 17 October 2017

Froome chasing record at end of the Rainbow

Chris Froome turns his attentions from the yellow jersey to the rainbow jersey of world champion this weekend.

Tomorrow, the 28-year-old Kenya-born Briton will bid to become the first man in 24 years to win the Tour de France and Road World Championships in the same year, last achieved by Greg LeMond in 1989.

Froome has had a chance to reflect on winning the 100th Tour de France, with tomorrow's 272km road race his second major goal for the season.

"I feel really proud, a real sense of accomplishment having won the Tour," Froome said. "I still want to go back and target the Tour again next year, but as far as this season goes, the world champs have been the driving force for me – to try to be ready for this road race. It hasn't quite been as big a goal as the Tour and, given that it is a one-day race, it's quite a gamble – it is a bit of a long shot to go for the win here."

The intention would be to make it a climber's race, eliminating the likes of defending champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium, Slovakia's Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland from contention. That scenario would suit Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche, who lead the Ireland team, with support from Sam Bennett and National Champion Matt Brammeier.

Road World Championships, Live, BBC2, 2.15

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