Froome Now Looks To Rio After Monumental Tour Win
After three gruelling weeks, on Sunday evening Chris Froome finally crossed the finish line in Paris, to become the first Britain to win the Tour de France on three separate occasions.
Froome’s achievement becomes even more monumental as he joins an elite list which consist of just 7 other riders who have won the tour on three or more occasions, and he can now boast the same amount of titles as Frenchman Louison Bobet, Belgium’s Phillipe Thys, and American Greg LeMond, all on three victories.
Froome has now become the first man to defend his title in more than 20 years, and with still a good 3 or 4 years left at the top, the sky is truly the limit for Froome.
With Lance Armstong’s achievements expunged after his doping scandal, Froome will certainly have the tour record of 5 wins in his sights, but first his attention’s will turn to the Olympic games, where he will look to make even more history.
With only 12 days between the end of the Tour and the start of the games in Rio, Froome will have no time to rest, especially as he bids to emulate Sir Bradley Wiggins, by winning the tour, and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
In Rio, Froome will have the chance to cement an historic treble, by wining the Tour, The Olympic Road Race Gold, and the Olympic Time Trial Gold.
As Froome is one of the best time-triallists in the world, he will start the race as one of the favourites, and he will be confident of improving on his Bronze performance at the 2012 games. The race arguably stands as his strongest chance of a gold medal, and therefore his price of 11/10 with SkyBet is of no great surprise.
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While Sir Bradley Wiggins managed to win the Time Trial and the Tour in the same year, no one has ever managed to hold the yellow jersey and the Road Race at the same time, and so Froome will have to break the patterns of history if he is to further cement himself as one of Britain’s greatest ever cyclists.
Although not usually seen as a one-day specialist, Froome has employed a new style of racing during the tour, and the experience of attacking in situations in which he previously wouldn’t, will hold him in good stead during the games.
The course around Rio will also be a factor, and as it is relatively friendly to climbers, Froome will believe he stands a chance.
Clearly victory in the Road Race would truly be a remarkable effort, but if you believe Froome is capable of such a feat you can back him at 20/1 with SkyBet.
Olympic Road Race Odds:
It would truly be unprecedented for Froome to complete his treble, but with the cyclist in such good form, Froome will feel that anything is possible, and if you feel he is about to make history, you can back him to take home Gold in both races at 43/1 with SkyBet.
After his exploits at the tour, Froome is already amongst the forerunners for this years Sports Personality Of The Year, but a strong showing in the Olympics could see him steer ahead of the likes of Andy Murray, and take home the prize.
However, if Froome was able to complete his historic treble, it would be hard to begrudge him the accolade, and therefore his price of 12/1 with Coral, does look enticing.
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