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Et si Christopher Froome visait le triplé — Tour d'Italie

Et si Christopher Froome visait le triplé — Tour d'Italie”

C'est ce qu'on appelle se faire voler la vedette. Dilemme. Viser les cinq Tours de France - et les six à l'avenir - ou une victoire dans les trois grands Tours? Il fallait remonter à 1998 pour retrouver trace d'un coureur remportant deux Grands Tours dans la même année, Marco Pantani (Tour de France-Tour d'Italie). Cela en dit long sur les capacités de résistance de Froome: le 23 juillet, revêtu du maillot jaune, il levait les bras sur les Champs-Elysées à Paris et moins d'un mois plus tard, le 21 août, il endossait le maillot rouge de leader de la Vuelta lors de la 3e étape en Andorre. Mercredi 20 septembre, il s'élancera avec le dossard de favori du contre-la-montre du championnat du monde de Bergen, en Norvège.

Dans les faits, sa prouesse est même inégalée. Mais, du temps du "Blaireau", la Vuelta était plus faiblement disputée: organisée au mois d'avril, elle ne comprenait que dix équipes (il y en avait neuf quand Jacques Anquetil, autre auteur du doublé, s'était imposé en 1963).

Désormais couvert de rouge à Madrid, il lui restera à endosser la tunique rose le printemps prochain à Milan pour faire mentir ceux qui le placent en dessous de ces quatre légendes.

Une performance historique et remarquable pour le coureur de 32 ans, au bord des larmes après avoir franchi le sommet de l'Angliru, samedi à l'issue de l'avant dernière étape.



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