Paris — The Vuelta is where everything started for Chris Froome and it could well be where he moves closer to the greatest grand tour riders as the Tour de France champion attempts a unique double in the modern era. Only Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1973) have achieved that feat, but the Spanish race was then held in April to May. Froome, instead, will have only had 25 days to rest before Saturday’s Grand Depart in Nimes, France. "I’ve got the opportunity and I’m certainly going to go for it," he said. "The Vuelta is a race I love – it’s vicious, but it’s three weeks that I enjoy."

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