Chris Froome is now eyeing becoming world cycling champion, having succeeded in winning the 2013 Tour de France on Sunday.
This years race takes place in Florence and the course suits a climber like Froome more than the sprinters that usually come to the fore in the one day race.
“I want to try to stay on it, to see the season through and not just switch off after the Tour,” Froome said.
“I’d like to get through to the World Championships because it’s an event that doesn’t often favour climbers the way it does this year. It’s a great opportunity to go for it.”
Tom Simpson and Mark Cavendish are the only two Britons to have won the World Championship, and Froome appears to have a genuine chance of adding his name to that elite group.
“It would be amazing,” Froome added. “My focus has just been on the Tour up until now but being world champ, that’s probably the second biggest thing after wearing the yellow jersey.”
Having lived in Italy for a number of years, Froome is familiar with the race course and feels the time trial event would not be as suitable as the road race:
“I used to live not far from there and it’s very flat. I think it would suit guys like Tony Martin and Brad a lot better than it would suit me.”