British media shows praise but little fanfare for Froome

LONDON (AFP) — Chris Froome was hailed in the British press on Monday for completing a historic Tour de France-Vuelta a Espana double, but coverage of his feat was relatively low-key.

The 32-year-old joins Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978) as the only riders to win the Tour and Vuelta in the same year. But Froome is the first man to win both races since the Vuelta was moved to after the Tour in the racing calendar in 1995.

The Times called it a “monumental achievement” and The Daily Mirror said he had pulled off “one of the most outstanding feats in British sporting history.”


In the eyes of The Daily Telegraph, the four-time Tour de France champion now deserves to be considered “one of the greats, not simply of cycling but of British sport.”

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