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Chris Froome Rides the Etape Korea

Over 2,000 cyclists took part in the inaugural edition of the Etape Korea in Seoul

Tour de France Champion spent the weekend in Seoul in South Korea taking part in l'Etape Korea by ASO. The event is one of the ASO's expanding series of Etape events worldwide.

Froome rode the l'Etape London recently and has already confirmed he'll be riding the Australian edition next.

"It's a big honour to be part of the first L'Etape Korea."  Froome told local television station. "It's special to be here, I think it was a great atmosphere out on the road. I think everyone enjoyed it, which is the most important thing. It's great to see so many people riding."

"I hope to come back here in the future."

It was Froome's second visit to Asia having recently raced the Saitama Criterium last month in Japan.

Froome has had a busy schedule since winning the Tour de France. A bronze in the Rio Olympics, then second in the Vuelta a Espana behind Nairo Quintana. Froome enjoyed a holiday before the unveiling of the 2017 Tour de France route.

Having won the Tour in July, Froome then headed to Brazil for the Rio Olympics where he won bronze in the time trial, before heading back to Europe for the Vuelta a Espana where he finished second overall to Nairo Quintana. He then enjoyed a short off-season before preparation for the 2017 season got underway, starting with the unveiling of the 2017 Tour route on October 18.

The l'Etape Australia takes place on December 3rd in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales.

Froome hasn't confirmed his full 2017 racing schedule, but it could kick off in Australia as it did last year where he won the Herald Sun Tour.

VIDEO : L'Etape Korea

Chris Froome Rides the Etape Korea