Froome targets incredible treble as Tour and Rio loom

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By Martyn Herman

ALCUDIA, Mallorca (Reuters) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome mapped out lofty goals for the year on Tuesday, setting his sights on a remarkable treble of double Olympic gold and another triumphant ride into Paris.

The 30-year-old Briton, who claimed his second Tour de France victory last year, having also won it in 2013, will be favorite for a third in July, before heading to Rio de Janeiro's lush coastline to contest the Olympic road race and time trial.

It sounds a tall order, but having completed a recce of Rio's 256.4km road race route, which is littered with steep climbs and cobbles, he liked what he saw.

For Froome, the ultimate Grand Tour rider, the more difficult the terrain the better.

The road race takes place on Aug. 6 with the time trial, a hilly 60km dash, four days later and Froome said the quick turnaround will be no problem.

"When I rode Rio and looked at the TT (time trial) course, I thought 'this is fantastic, I'd love the chance to get stuck into this TT'", Froome told reporters at Team Sky's media day in Puerto de Alcudia, Mallorca on Tuesday.

"I went and rode the road course the next day and just felt 'if there's a one-day course I could win, it would look something like this’.

"Having said that, it's such a complicated thing, the Olympic road race. Teams of maximum five riders, 260km. You can't rely on too much team work with four team mates.   Continued...

 
Chris Froome of Britain arrives for a media event at the Umiya Budokan arts centre in Saitama, outside Tokyo October 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter