It is looking increasingly likely that Chris Froome will race the Giro d’Italia in 2018 before targeting the Tour de France, according to a report from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Race director Mauro Vegni revealed to Cyclingnews earlier this month that he hopes to convince Froome to ride what would be a historic Giro d’Italia due to the race starting in Israel.

“He needs to do the treble – he has won the Tour, he has won the Vuelta and now he has to win the Giro to write history by winning all three Grand Tours in a row,” Vegni said.

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The Telegraaf report states that Froome will ride the Giro before heading to the Tour next year, citing a source within RCS Sport, the organisers of the Giro. 

If Froome won the Giro d’Italia he would become the first rider since Bernard Hinault to win all three Grand Tours in the same 12-month period. However, riding the Giro could make it more difficult for the Briton to win a fifth Tour de France in July, despite there being an extra week between the two Grand Tours in 2018.

The organisers have confirmed that 2017 winner Tom Dumoulin, Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru and former two-time winner Alberto Contador will attend the presentation of the 2018 route in Milan on Wednesday afternoon.

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