Prestigious award follows historic Tour de France and Vuelta double for Team Sky rider

Chris Froome has won the Velo d’Or, one of the most prestigious awards in cycling, for the third time.

This year saw the Team Sky rider become the first man to follow up victory in the Tour de France by winning the Vuelta since the Spanish race moved to its current late season slot.

He also won bronze in the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway.

The award was presented by one of the only other two riders to have won the Tour de France and Vuelta during the same year, Bernard Hinault.

Froome received it at today's presentation of the route of the 2018 Tour de France at the Palais des Congres in Paris.

He said: “It was a really special season and one I will remember for the rest of my life.”

The 10 nominees for the Velo d’Or are chosen by a panel of journalists from France’s Velo magazine.

18 judges, drawn from 18 countries, then elect the winner.

Froome's previous wins came in 2013 and 2015., while last year he was runner-up to Peter Sagan.

With Lance Armstrong stripped of his five wins following his doping ban, only Alberto Contador, with four victories, has won the Velo d'Or more times than Froome.

Instituted in 1992, the only other British winner was Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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