Chris Froome hopeful of emulating Tour de France success at Rio this summer

After winning the Tour de France for the third time last weekend, Chris Froome returns to action at RideLondon this weekend as his preparations for Rio 2016 step up a gear.

Chris Froome hopeful of emulating Tour de France success at Rio this summer
Froome is one of the favourites for Olympic gold this summer / The Telegraph

It’s been a busy month for Chris Froome only last Sunday he wrapped up the Yellow Jersey for a third consecutive time, but now the attentions turn to Rio where he will be looking to add a Gold medal to an already impressive palmares.

It was a dominate performance in France over the three weeks, Team Sky were head and shoulders above their competition, and then they had a man in his prime to sow up what was initially seen to be one of the tightest Tours in the history of the race.

But now fresh off the back of his record breaking Tour success, Froome is now targeting the Olympics as he looks to add a Gold medal to an already impressive set of achievements.

Three-time Tour winner Froome says he is going to Rio in good ‘form

Before flying out to Rio with the GB team which includes the likes of Geraint Thomas, Steve Cummings, Adam Yates, and Ian Stannard he will race this weekend at the RideLondon event along with Sky to fine tune his preparations.

Froome is just one part of a GB Team that is looking to go other to Rio to dominate / Cycling Weekly
Froome is just one part of a GB Team that is looking to go other to Rio to dominate / Cycling Weekly

Speaking about the upcoming weeks, Froome said: "I’m going to Rio in good form and I’m really looking forward to it.”

These one-day races are always difficult to predict, and although Froome will be the main attraction at the event, it might not end in a victory for the 31-year-old.

“One day races are always hard to predict, but the road race course is one that should hopefully suit me and so I will be giving it my best shot,” said Froome.

Froome remains tight-lipped on Rio tactics

The Olympic set-up is a lot different to the professional world of cycling, as in the race the teams are limited to five riders; but for GB they probably have one of the strongest teams, with all their riders racing for top UCI WorldTour teams.

The course in Rio is a really difficult and challenging one, but one that certainly suits Froome. But speaking about the road race due to take place next weekend, Froome giving nothing away, other than saying GB are going there to ‘win’ the race.

“We’ve got a strong line-up that covers a lot of bases. It’s a race that can go a number of different ways depending on the conditions and how hard the teams choose to ride,” insisted the three-time Tour winner.

The road in Rio is unlikely to suit the sprinters, it’s going to suit the climbers and the rouleurs more; guys like Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde should be there or thereabouts come the final reckoning.

Froome said: “It’s a race that does have a proper Classics feel to it, with changing types of road condition and enough in there to make it tricky for the sprinters if it's ridden full on."