Chris Froome will ride Vuelta a España after Olympic Games

Chris Froome's season will continue after the Olympics with the Tour de France winner slated to ride the Vuelta a España in August and September

Chris Froome, Tour de France 2016
(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Chris Froome's busy season will not end after the Olympic Games, with the Tour de France winner set to start the Vuelta a España on August 20.

Froome will ride both the road race and time trial in Rio, on August 6 and 10 respectively, before flying back to Europe for his second Grand Tour of the season.

No-one has won the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same season since the Spanish race moved to its current slot in the Autumn in the mid 90s.

"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," said Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford in an interview with Sky Sports.

"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."

Brailsford also revealed that Mikel Landa should also start his third Grand Tour of the season at the Vuelta, but a decision on who will lead the team will be taken at a later date.

Froome has ridden the Vuelta on four occasions in his career, finishing second in both 2011 and 2014. Last season he crashed out on the queen stage in Andorra.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.