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MADRID http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-martin-silva.html , Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chris Froome Sunday became just the third rider in history to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta de Espana (Tour of Spain) cycling races in the same year.

Froome joined legendary French cyclists Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernand Hinault (1978) to complete the feat but he is the first man to win the double after Vuelta was moved to after the Tour in the cycling calendar 22 years ago.

Froome took the leader's red jersey in the third stage of the race and sealed his win with his third place finish on the Alto de L'Angliru on Saturday meaning he went into Sunday's final stage with a lead of 2 minutes and 15 seconds over Italian rider, Vincenzo Nibali and 2.51 over Russian, Ilnur Zakarin.

With the Tour de France being held in July and the Vuelta now starting in the second half of August, nobody until Froome has so far been able to recovering from the draining three weeks in France sufficiently in order to compete successfully for the race in Spain.

"I have had ups and downs in the race and that is I am grateful to my team and the public and I am relieved that I have got over the challenge," said the British rider http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-guillermo-varela.html , who was magnificently supported by his Sky Team both in Spain and in France.

"These are moments which help compensate for all of the sacrifices you make and the time you spend away from home. These days in the modern era it is very hard to win two grand tours in the same year," added Froome.

Sunday saw a procession into Madrid ending with circuits of the city center and a sprint finish in the Paseo de la Castellana where Quick Step's Matteo Trentin claimed another stage win to complete his successful Vuelta.

However all of the plaudits on Sunday go to Froome and Sky , who worke magnificently to support him throughout the race for making cycling history.

CHINA’S Great Wall Motor Co is interested in bidding for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a company official said yesterday, confirming reports it is pursuing all or part of the owner of the Jeep and Ram truck brands.

There has been speculation over Chinese interest in FCA since Automotive News reported last week that an unidentified “well-known Chinese automaker” made an offer earlier this month http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-edinson-cavani.html , triggering a jump in FCA’s Milan-listed shares.

“With respect to this case, we currently have an intention to acquire. We are interested in (FCA),” an official at Great Wall Motor’s press relations department said by phone. He declined to give his name and gave no further details.

FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne is seeking a partner or buyer for the world's seventh-largest automaker to help it manage rising costs, comply with emissions regulations and develop technology for electric and self-driving cars.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler said it had not been approached by Great Wall Motor http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-alvaro-gonzalez.html , and was busy with implementing its current five-year business plan.

A move for FCA by Great Wall Motor, China’s largest sport-utility vehicle and pick-up manufacturer, would be audacious, however.

At a time when China’s attitude to outbound deals has cooled, if Great Wall bought FCA http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-mauricio-lemos.html , which has a market value of almost US$20 billion, it would be by far China’s largest overseas automotive industry deal — and possibly one of its largest ever overseas purchases — dwarfing Geely’s acquisition of Volvo cars in 2010.

FCA is also larger than Great Wall, which has a market value of closer to US$16 billion.

Earlier yesterday, two people familiar with the matter said Great Wall Motor had asked for a meeting with FCA, with the aim of making an offer for all or part of the group. Also yesterday http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-maximiliano-gomez.html , citing an e-mail from Great Wall Motor President Wang Fengying, Automotive News reported Great Wall had contacted FCA to express interest specifically in the Jeep brand.

The industry publication cited a Great Wall spokesman confirming interest, but saying the Chinese automaker had not made a formal offer or met with FCA’s board.

“Our strategic goal is to become the world’s largest SUV maker,” Automotive News quoted the spokesman as saying. “Acquiring Jeep, a global SUV brand http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-jonathan-urretaviscaya.html , would enable us to achieve our goal sooner and better (than on our own).”

“Jeep is the most logical choice since (Great Wall) wants to be the largest SUV maker in the world,” said Yale Zhang, head of Shanghai-based consultancy Automotive Foresight.

Ram could be an option, but “the Jeep brand is recognized globally. I think Great Wall Motor is eying a global strategy, not just the United States http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-maxi-pereira.html ,” Zhang added.

Marchionne told analysts last month that a new five-year strategy — to be unveiled next year — could include asset sales.

While he acknowledged that Jeep, Ram, Maserati and Alfa Romeo could exist on their own, he appeared to pour cold water on the idea that any of them would be sold — at least not without leaving behind a less profitable “stump” that may struggle on its own.

Jeep SUVs and Ram trucks, the two most coveted of Fiat Chrysler’s brands http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-matias-vecino.html , have become a major profit engine and a driver for Fiat’s North American operations.

Jeep, which traces its roots to the iconic World War Two military vehicle, targets sales of 2 million vehicles in 2018, up from 1.4 million in 2016. Marchionne has said deliveries from the SUV brand could eventually rise to as many as seven million a year as demand for sporty vehicles is set to keep rising.

In a recent note, Morgan Stanley estimated Jeep’s enterprise value at 23 billion euros (US$27 billion) — nearly 150 percent of the whole of FCA’s market value.

A move for FCA or one of its main brands would be challenging to finance http://www.camisetauruguaymundial.com/camiseta-nicolas-lodeiro.html , and would have to overcome serious regulatory hurdles — but it would boost Great Wall’s position in the US market and globally.

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