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Giro d'Italia & Tour de France double is possible says Vegni

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The race director of the Giro d’Italia Mauro Vegni has said that he believes a Giro d’Italia - Tour de France double can be achieved in 2015.

Vegni made this statement at the announcement of the 2015 Giro route which starts in San Lorenzo Al Mare on May 9th and finishing in Milan on May 31st.

"The Giro-Tour double can be done," race director Mauro Vegni said.

"The Giro-Tour double can be done," race director Mauro Vegni said.

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Weather pending

The first grand tour of 2015 consists of six mountain top finishes, which is less than previous years, this has potentially been done to avoid treacherous weather conditions which have altered stages at the last minute in previous years. 

It also may have been done to tempt riders such as Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador to go for the grand tour double.

Current rivals

Current Tour de France winner Nibali has said he might attempt the double along with Vuelta a Espana winner Contador, who will both be trying to complete a feat that hasn't been achieved since 1998. This was when the late Marco Pantani won the two biggest grand tours in cycling back to back.

The addition of a 17.6km team time trial to start the race and a 59.2km time trial on stage 14 has made Contador suggest that the course is suited more towards Team Sky’s Chris Froome.

Suited to Froome

However, Froome has stated throughout his career that his training programme will be solely geared towards an assault on the yellow jersey in France. With a potential Vuelta a Espana attempt being ridden as a second chance to grab a result after the Tour de France.

So it seems unlikely that the British rider will follow Nibali, Contador and potentially defending Giro winner Nairo Quintana to the start line in May.

Reigning champion

Quintana’s team, Movistar have stated previously how the Colombian will lead their Tour de France campaign in 2015. Whether they will be tempted to get Quintana to defend his Giro title will be down to whether they believe the young rider can handle back to back tours compared to his older and more experienced rivals.

Stakes have been increased further by Contador’s maverick team owner Oleg Tinkoff offering a €1,000,000 prize to Contador and his rivals if they compete in all three grand tours. Whereas this may be a challenge too far for any rider wanting to win any of the grand tours, the Giro- Tour double looks likely to be attempted by a few riders hoping to write their names into the history books.

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Alberto Contador
Vincenzo Nibali
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