Chris Froome will race the Vuelta in bid for rare double

Tour de France winner Chris Froome has confirmed he will race at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana.

The 30-year-old Team Sky leader secured a second Tour title in July, and now plans to ride a second Grand Tour of the year, starting less than a month after he crossed the line in Paris.

The 21-stage 2015 Vuelta – the 70th edition of the race – is scheduled to take place from August 22 to September 13.

Froome emerged victorious at the Tour de France last month after a turbulent three weeks. He was abused by roadside spectators, was called a ’doper’, had urine thrown at him and was spat on as allegations were made about his performances.

The Kenya-born rider raced in last year’s Vuelta after crashing out of the 2014 Tour, using the race as a comeback event, and it was felt that the event helped prepare him for the winter program which set up his Tour victory.

Chris Froome will race the Vuelta in bid for rare double

He has twice finished runner-up in the Vuelta – in 2011 and last year, when he lost out to Alberto Contador.

Colombian Nairo Quintana – runner-up in the 2015 Tour – is expected to provide Froome’s stiffest competition among a strong field which will include Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde and Tejay van Garderen, although Contador will not return to defend his crown having already ridden the Giro d’Italia – which he won – and the Tour this year.

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