Froome leaves door open for Giro d’Italia participation in 2017
As VeloNews reports there is a possibility Chris Froome will race the Giro’s centenary next season. On Sunday, Froome reiterated that the Tour de France will remain his central focus, but he did not rule it out when asked if he might racing the Giro next season.
“I am always open to anything, and I wouldn’t write it off,” said Froome, giving his strongest hint a Giro start might be possible. “The most important thing is to see what routes the organizers go with, and see what takes my fancy.”
The 2017 Giro d’Italia next May will start in Sardinia and stay within Italy’s borders to celebrate the race’s 100th edition. Organiser RCS Sport plans to try and bring in star riders and take its Grand Tour over the race’s iconic climbs.
“We want to maintain a modern Giro with minimum transfers, but bring in elements from the past,” RCS Sport cycling director, Mauro Vegni said during the 2016 Giro
“We want to give attention to all of Italy, but clearly, we can’t touch all 20 regions unfortunately. We are going to hit as many as we can.”
The race will start in Sardinia, like it did in 2007. From there, it could travel south via air and ferry to Italy’s other big island, Sicily, before continuing up through the boot via Calabria. It would be difficult to reach some regions, such as Puglia, if the race also plans to spend much time in the mountainous north.
Visiting the two island regions would certainly help pull in Italy’s two Italian stars: Nibali, from Sicily, and Sardinian Fabio Aru (Astana). The last time the race did so was in 1961, when it celebrated the 50th anniversary of Italy’s unification.