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 subdued 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” combat 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 narrative. For while Froome was cheered on by the majority of the huge mob, he was also reminded that not everyone believes in him as one spectator rushed out and spat at him three kilometres from the finish. Afterwards Froome said that he had not seen the incident. But his team-mate Wout Poels surely did, looking around in understandable horror.
Froome also faced more the issue of 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.