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Chris Froome set to ride Vuelta a Espana

Cyclist magazine
26 Jul 2016

After sealing his third Tour de France victory on Sunday, Chris Froome looks set to ride the Vuelta a Espana.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford revealed that Chris Froome's current race programme includes the Vuelta a Espana. Froome will first ride the Olympic Road Race on the 6th August, followed by the Individual Time-Trial on the 10th, before starting the Vuelta on the 20th. 

'That's the plan at the minute,' Brailsford said. 'The season-long plan was Tour, on to the Olympics and on after that to the Vuelta, and that's still the outline at the minute.'

In typical Team Sky fashion, Brailsford is not saying anything is certain, and states that a decision on the Vuelta will only be made once the Olympics are out of the way. 'As we go through the next phase with the Olympics, we will assess it as we go along. All being well, that's what we will be doing.'

It is thought that Mikel Landa - double stage winner as well as third overall at the Giro d'Italia in 2015 - is pencilled in as a co-leader. The 10 summit finishes would certainly suit the Spaniard, be that in a support role for Froome or as an outright leader. 

'It's his home race and a lot of the race is around his home town and up in the north of Spain, and we have big ambitions for him as well.'