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Seeking to go one better than Bradley Wiggins, who won the Tour de France and Olympic time trial in 2012, Chris Froome has said that he will chase victory in those two races plus the Olympic road race next year.
The Briton won his second Tour de France in July and will begin his tilt at an unprecedented treble next year in the Tour.
“It’s going to be an exciting year, that’s for sure,” he told Sky Sports News. “The main focus for me is going to be the Tour de France again, but just on the back of the Tour de France, we have got the Olympic road race over in Rio, and a few days following that, potentially the Olympic time trial is also on the cards.”
His ambition is heightened by the hill courses for both races. This makes it likely that an all rounder will win, and will pit him directly against rivals like Alberto Contador. The Spaniard has said that 2016 will be his final season and that he will also chase Tour and Olympic success.
“Both the road race and the time trial do suit me very well,” said Froome. “The time trial has over 1,000 metres of climbing in it, so it’s going to be a tough time trial. I think it’s over 50 kilometres, so for an individual time trial, that is a long event.
“Given the road race is over 250km, I think, with close to 5,000m of climbing, that’s a tough race – really tough race – and if the form is still good come the end of the Tour de France, hopefully I’ll be up for a shot at the road race.”
He’ll have a better idea of his chances when he learns more about the route of each event. The course of the 2016 Tour de France will be unveiled in October. At some point after that he hopes to be able to reconnoitre both Olympic parcours.
“I would love to get out to Rio and see the course. Whether there is the opportunity coming up soon to do that, or if we have to wait until next year, we still haven’t worked that out yet. But I hope to get over at some point.”