Chris Froome is hoping for Tour de France success next year after finishing second in the Vuelta a Espana.
Froome finished behind Alberto Contador who won the Vuelta for the third time in his career.
Both the Spaniard and the Briton had to withdraw from the Tour de France this year after sustaining injuries but both riders exceeded expectations by finishing first and second.
Froome was unfortunately unable to defend his title due to his departure but he has made it clear he is already looking forward to the race in 2015.
The Team Sky rider admitted he could take a lot of positives from the Vuelta and is already thinking about the Tour de France next year.
According to Sky Sports, Froome said: “It’s been an amazing experience at this Vuelta. I’ve really taken a lot away from it and I think we all can as a team,” he said.
“The Tour is a long way away but it’s definitely there at the back of the mind and I look forward to seeing what route they’ve got for us.
“I’ve definitely come away from this Vuelta quite hungry and looking forward to getting stuck into next season.”
Froome vs Contador
The 29-year-old may face a similar battle with Contador at the Tour next year as these two riders are the best in the world on the road at the moment but I think Team Sky need to strengthen their squad if they are going to win the Tour in 2015.
Tinkoff-Saxo have a much better squad which helps Contador throughout the race, especially on the big climbs. Sky need to sign some more climbers if they are going to compete with Tinkoff.
However, with a great set up at Team Sky, Froome always has a chance of winning the big races. Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford believes Froome is one of the top riders in the World and the Vuelta proved that.
Brailsford said: “One of the learnings for me is not only has Chris Froome got the strongest legs, within that small group of the best riders in the world, but my oh my has he got the strongest mind.
“The combination of those two is actually what differentiates him from a lot of other riders. Chris has proven here again that he is one of the very few top GC riders in the world and our aim now is to sit down and plot the route between now and next year’s yellow jersey.”