ESP - Praise but little fanfare for double champ Froome

Team Sky's British cyclist Chris Froome celebrates on the podium winning the 72nd edition of "La Vuelta" Tour of Spain cycling race, in Madrid, on September 10, 2017.Chris Froome became just the third rider in history to win the Vuelta a Espana and Tour de France in the same year as Matteo Trentin won the 21st stage of the Vuelta through the centre on Madrid on Sunday. (AFP Photo/JOSE JORDAN)

- Chris Froome was hailed in the British press for completing a historic Tour de France-Vuelta a Espana double but coverage of his feat was relatively low-key. The 32-year-old joins Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978) as the only riders to win the Tour and Vuelta in the same year. The Times called it a "monumental achievement" and The Daily Mirror said he had pulled off "one of the most outstanding feats in British sporting history". Despite his phenomenal success, the quietly spoken Froome has never captured hearts in the same way as his charismatic former Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins. "Raised in Africa, resident in Monaco" was how The Times summed up how Froome is viewed in Britain.

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