Vuelta a Espana 2017: Why Chris Froome starts the race as favourite

The race starts in Nimes on Saturday, 19 August and concludes in Madrid on Sunday, 10 September.

Britain has three contenders for the overall title in Simon Yates (second left), Adam Yates (centre) and Chris Froome (third right)

Chris Froome heads into the Vuelta a Espana looking to create more history by becoming the first British winner of the three-week race.

The four-time Tour de France winner made his breakthrough when finishing second in 2011’s race to equal the then best finish by a British rider in a Grand Tour.

Will he go one better this year and become the third man to complete the Tour-Vuelta double in the same year – and first since the Spanish race was switched from early to late in the season 22 years ago?

Froome goes into the race as favourite but with six of the top 10 from this year’s Tour and the likes of five-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali and Britain’s Adam Yates in the mix, the Vuelta promises to be as tough as they come.

Par Patrick Hangue

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