Chris Froome is set to win the Giro dItalia despite being spat at by a spectator on the penultimate stage, a victory that would give him all three Grand Tours
Shortly after Chris Froome conquered the final summit of this year’s Giro d’Italia, and the realisation sunk in that he would be the first Briton to win the maglia rosa , he described the race as the” battle of his career “. Yet strangely after three weeks of vicious ride, the last significant skirmish on the way to Cervinia saw scarcely a blow attempted- at least on the road.
Off it, however, it was a different story. For while Froome was cheered on by the majority of the huge crowd, he was also reminded that not everyone believe in him as one spectator rushed out and spat at him three kilometres from the finish. Afterwards Froome was of the view that he had not considered the incident. But his team-mate Wout Poels certainly did, looking around in understandable horror.
Froome also faced more questions about his stunning solo victory on Friday– with one reporter asking whether, unlike other great performances in the past such as Floyd Landis at the 2006 Tour de France, it would stand the test of time.