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Froome visits Brazil to study Rio Olympic courses

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Chris Froome takes a selfie in Rio

Chris Froome takes a selfie in Rio
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Chris Froome rides on the road race course of the 2016 Rio Olympics

Chris Froome rides on the road race course of the 2016 Rio Olympics
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Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde flank Chris Froome on the final Tour de France podium.

Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde flank Chris Froome on the final Tour de France podium.
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Chris Froome reaches out to the fans

Chris Froome reaches out to the fans
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Chris Froome poses for a photo with local riders who helped during his visit to Rio.

Chris Froome poses for a photo with local riders who helped during his visit to Rio.
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Chris Froome during his recon of the Rio Olympic courses

Chris Froome during his recon of the Rio Olympic courses
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Chris Froome on the narrow coast road near Rio

Chris Froome on the narrow coast road near Rio
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Chris Froome and local cyclist Roberto Vitorio

Chris Froome and local cyclist Roberto Vitorio
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Chris Froome has made an off-season trip to Brazil to study the road race and time trial course for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

The Tour de France winner was in Dublin on Tuesday, speaking at the Web Summit conference. On Thursday he posted a photo of him riding his time trial bike on Twitter, announcing: “Holiday's over, 2016 prep has begun!”

Froome has already said both the road race and time trial are major goals for 2016 alongside a third victory at the Tour de France. The hilly course of both events means that many of the Tour de France contenders will also head to Rio and target success. Froome a bronze medal in the time trial at the the 2012 London Olympics behind Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin. 

The Tour de France ends on Sunday July 24, with the men’s Olympic road race was scheduled for Sunday August 7, with the time trial on Wednesday August 10. The Olympic road race will be held on a 256.4km course containing two hilly circuits, while the time trial will take place on a 59.6km course.

On Friday Froome posted a photo of himself, Great Britain Elite road coach Rod Ellingworth and Great Britain mechanic Alan Williams enjoying a coconut drink overlooking the Brazilian coast. He wrote: “Important part of the Rio route recon #coconuts #teamgb #rio2016 #olympics”

He also retweeted photos by local resident and cyclist Roberto Vitorio of him riding on the road race course, writing: “Riding around the @Olympics @Rio2016_en course. It’s going to be a tough one! @TeamGB @BritishCycling #RoadToRio”

"Both the road race and the time trial do suit me very well. The time trial has over 1,000m of climbing in it, so it's going to be a tough time trial. I think it's over 50km, 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.”

"That's a massive goal to set and I think I'm just going to have to take each event as it comes, but it's exciting. It's really exciting."