2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome said winning back to back titles would ‘mean the world’ to him.
Froome, who was speaking at the Geneva Motor Show this week, already successfully defended his Tour of Oman title in February.
But doing the same in cycling’s most prestigious stage race would put him in an elite group of champions.
In it’s 110-year history only 11 riders have won back-to-back Tour titles, excluding disgraced American Lance Armstrong, who in 2012 was stripped of his seven straight wins (1999-2005).
Kenyan-born Froom said: “If, if I am able to, to keep that Tour de France title, to win, win a second consecutive Tour de France that would, I mean it would mean the world to me. I mean, it’s been one thing winning the Tour de France, but I think very few people have been able to go back and defend that title and do it a second time.”
Froome and Team Sky begin their defence of the Tour in Yorkshire on July 5 – the first of three stages to take place in England before crossing the channel for the remainder of the race in France.