How many successive editions of the Tour de France did Spanish rider Miguel Indurain
The 2011 Vuelta draws Froome level with the seven Grand Tour titles collected by Spaniards Alberto Contador and Miguel Indurain
, and Italy's Fausto Coppi.
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Froome, a four-time winner, was hoping to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain
on an elite list of five-time winners on Sunday.
If Froome is wearing yellow in Paris on July 29, he will join Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain
as the only fivetime winners of the Tour, and also become the first man to do the Giro-Tour double since Marco Pantani in 1998.
Froome will be on the starting line of the Tour de France on Saturday in the western region of Vendee, aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain
in the elite club of five-time champions of cycling's biggest race.
The decision should hand Froome the opportunity to emulate five-time Tour de France winners Hinault, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain
when the 3,329km Tour kicks off in Noirmoutier-en-Ille on July 7.
Froome is now one shy of the all-time record of five Tour wins - jointly held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain
- after his fourth victory on Sunday.
Froome's triumph took him within one more win of matching the record for Tour titles held by four men, including Eddie Merckx and Miguel Indurain
Froome is 6-5 with Coral to make it five Tour de France wins next year and 5-2 to break the record of five wins shared by four riders - Jacques Anquetil, Eddie Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain
But Froome is now just one behind the Tour record of five titles, held jointly by Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Miguel Indurain