Chris Froome becomes first British cyclist to win the Giro d'Italia and completes a Grand Tour Grand Slam

Last Updated May 27 2018, 18:31Other Sports
Chris Froome
Chris Froome

Chris Froome became Great Britain's first Giro d'Italia champion on Sunday as he completed the set of Grand Tour victories with his third successive triumph.

Having safely negotiated Sunday's 115-kilometre, largely ceremonial final stage in Rome, the 33-year-old Team Sky rider finished 46 seconds clear of second-placed Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 Giro champion, in the general classification.

Froome's sixth Grand Tour title, following last year's fourth Tour de France win and maiden La Vuelta victory, sees him become the seventh man to have won all three races and just the third to hold the trio of titles simultaneously - Eddy Merckx in 1973 and Bernard Hinault nine years later the others to have achieved the feat.

Froome said on Eurosport: "I don't think it has quite sunk in yet, but I'm sure it will over the next few days once I've had a bit of time to reflect.

"It has just been incredible. Obviously for any cyclist this is the dream. To have all three leaders' jerseys in the space of 10 months is just incredible, incredible feeling. I'm still pinching myself."

Froome had moved into the overall lead on Friday as he won stage 19 with a stunning ride, going from fourth in the GC, three minutes and 22 seconds off the top, to 40 seconds clear of nearest rival Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), and that extended to 46 seconds on Saturday as he all but ensured his status as champion.

He not only wore a pink jersey but also rode a pink bike on Sunday during a 21st stage that was won by Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).

With three stage victories, having also won the seventh and 12th, Bennett becomes the most successful Irish rider in the Giro's history for stage wins.

Froome, who has added to his Grand Tour haul while controversy generated by his adverse analytical finding for Salbutamol at last year's La Vuelta remains ongoing, added: "It was great to be able to soak up the atmosphere here in Rome, all the monuments, the crowds.

"It was a great atmosphere out on the roads and that side definitely didn't disappoint.

"My relationship with this race - I've always been a little bit afraid of coming here and really targeting it, just because of the demands of the race, and it is so different to any other race that exists.

"To be here in this position now, to have won the race, I can't quite believe it myself."

Most Read

Ben Linfoot has big-priced selections for the action at Royal Ascot1

Value Bet: Dubhe can be king

Ben Linfoot picked out 18/1 Royal Hunt Cup winner Settle For Bay on Wednesday and he's backing four at big prices on Thursday including two trained by Aidan O'Brien.

Argentina are backed for victory as part of our tips for Thursday's World Cup action2

Thursday's World Cup tips

Our football team look at Thursday's action in the World Cup - where Argentina will be aiming for a better result in Group D.

The Queen congratulates Ryan Moore after the Gold Cup3

Thursday's racing preview

Anita Chambers looks ahead to an action-packed Gold Cup day at Royal Ascot and fancied order to be restored in the feature event.

Simon Holt has selected his best bets for the action at Royal Ascot4

Simon Holt: Go Wild at Ascot

Wild Illusion is a good thing in the Ribblesdale Stakes, according to Simon Holt - check out his best bets for day three at Royal Ascot.

Jack Grealish: The Aston Villa man is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs5

Thursday's Paper Talk

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Jack Grealish while Ruben Loftus-Cheek could leave Chelsea, according to today's papers.

Most Read

Ben Linfoot has big-priced selections for the action at Royal Ascot1

Value Bet: Dubhe can be king

Ben Linfoot picked out 18/1 Royal Hunt Cup winner Settle For Bay on Wednesday and he's backing four at big prices on Thursday including two trained by Aidan O'Brien.

Argentina are backed for victory as part of our tips for Thursday's World Cup action2

Thursday's World Cup tips

Our football team look at Thursday's action in the World Cup - where Argentina will be aiming for a better result in Group D.

The Queen congratulates Ryan Moore after the Gold Cup3

Thursday's racing preview

Anita Chambers looks ahead to an action-packed Gold Cup day at Royal Ascot and fancied order to be restored in the feature event.

Simon Holt has selected his best bets for the action at Royal Ascot4

Simon Holt: Go Wild at Ascot

Wild Illusion is a good thing in the Ribblesdale Stakes, according to Simon Holt - check out his best bets for day three at Royal Ascot.

Jack Grealish: The Aston Villa man is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs5

Thursday's Paper Talk

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Jack Grealish while Ruben Loftus-Cheek could leave Chelsea, according to today's papers.

Racing Tips

Scroll down for all of our team's best bets for today's action at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot Thursday tips

An at-a-glance guide to our team of experts' best bets for day three of Royal Ascot, featuring Ben Linfoot, Simon Holt and Oli Bell.

Oli Bell has a Yankee for today's action at Royal Ascot

Oli Bell: Royal Ascot Yankee

Oli Bell expects Wes Ward to open his 2018 Royal Ascot account today - check out the ITV Racing presenter's recommended day three Yankee.

Crack On Crack On wins at Haydock

Mike Cattermole: Day three tips

Mike Cattermole dusts himself down after a tough two days and backs Godolphin to add to their tally with a Royal Ascot double on day three.

Next Race Off
11:45 Vaal
4
(16)
Tricia
J: Paulas Jevu
2
(2)
Generoso
J: Thomas Ncume
1
(4)
One Dollar Massage
J: Siyabonga B Mthembu

Football Tips

Argentina are backed for victory as part of our tips for Thursday's World Cup action

Thursday's World Cup tips

Our football team look at Thursday's action in the World Cup - where Argentina will be aiming for a better result in Group D.

Check out our outright tips for the World Cup

World Cup: Outright tips

Five-time winners Brazil are given the confident selection for World Cup glory as Matt Brocklebank takes a look at the outright betting market.

We assess the Golden Boot market ahead of the 2018 World Cup

World Cup 2018: Golden Boot tips

Matt Brocklebank is backing a couple of PSG stars to shine at the World Cup, with two 33/1 Golden Boot bets.