Chris Froome ‘unlikely’ to participate at Giro d’Italia

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Chris Froome has claimed it is unlikely that he will take his place at the start line at the Giro d’Italia next year despite expressing an admiration for the course.

Speaking to cyclingnews.com at the Saitama Criterium in Japan, Froome stated that the Giro route is interesting and balanced and looks forward to next year’s races in Italy.

“(The Giro d’Italia is) certainly an interesting route and a more balanced route that you’d expect in a Grand Tour, with a balance in the time trials and the big mountain stages. It’s definitely going to be an exciting race," he said.

Froome, who has three Tour de France winners medals under his belt, is yet to rule out his participation in Italy’s top race but his aim to clinch a fourth title in France remains his number one priority.

“Whether I’m going to be there who knows. I think that it’s unlikely given that my focus is still the Tour but I’m definitely not going to rule it out," he added.

Should the 31-year-old race at both courses next year, he will attempt a double that has not been achieved since 1998 courtesy of Marco Pantani.

When asked if he was willing to take on both races next year, Froome replied: “That’s a good question. We’ve not really come up with a programme yet for next year. That will happen in the next few weeks. I’ll sit down with the team, with Tim Kerrison and come up with a strategy for next year.”

If the Team Sky racer opts to follow in the footsteps of Pantani next year, he could be joined by 2014 Giro d’Italia champion Nairo Quintana who also expressed an interest in the challenge.

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The 2016 Vuelta a Espana winner participated in two tournaments this year and his promising displays have allowed him to consider doing it again, taking to the tracks in France and Italy next year.

“The Tour and Vuelta [in 2016] didn't turn out so bad, so maybe we can try it with the Giro and Tour. If we don't try, we'll never know what will happen."

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