Britain's Froome completes historic Tour de France/Vuelta a Espana double

Britain's Froome completes historic Tour de France/Vuelta a Espana double

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Chris Froome became the first Briton to win the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday, becoming only the third person in history to win both the Tour de France and Vuelta Grand Tours in the same year.

The Team Sky rider, who won his fourth Tour de France title in July, was able to enjoy Sunday’s processional stage which ended in Madrid.

The 32-year-old follows in the steps of Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978) who completed the same double.

"I think it probably is my greatest achievement, being the first person to win the Tour de France and then go on to win the Vuelta," said Froome.

"It's an amazing feeling. The team has just been incredible over the last few months. It's meant so much to me, the way they have supported us. I owe a massive thank you to all my teammates."

Celebrating Froome’s success, British Cycling’s chief executive Julie Harrington said: “What Chris Froome has achieved over the last 12 months has cemented his place as one of Britain’s greatest sportsmen.

"To win the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in the same year puts him up there with the greatest Grand Tour riders in the history of the sport. The cycling community in this country and indeed the whole nation are extremely proud of him.”