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Chris Froome's new deal now means Sky is the limit

By Ian Parker

Chris Froome has grand ambitions of an Olympic double and a third Tour de France crown this year after committing his future to Team Sky.

The two-time Tour winner announced yesterday he will extend his Team Sky contract until the end of 2018, adding two years to his existing deal, then outlined an ambitious plan for 2016.

While a third Tour crown is his overriding priority, the 30-year-old has been to Brazil for an Olympic recce and believes the challenging, climbing-heavy courses in Rio de Janeiro for both the 260km road race and 59.6km individual time trial suit his strengths.

He said: "When I rode Rio and looked at the time trial course, I thought, 'This is fantastic, I'd love the chance to get stuck into this time trial'. Then 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'."

Pursuing the dream will not be so straightforward. The Olympic road race takes place on August 6, 13 days after the Tour finishes in Paris, with the time trial on August 10.

Froome acknowledged he will face a battle to secure Britain's only place in the time trial, while the Kenyan-born rider, not noted as a one-day specialist, described the challenge of winning the road race as "complicated".

"You can't rely on too much teamwork with four team-mates," he said. "With that amount of climbing, it's almost every man for himself."

Froome won bronze in the Olympic time trial won by Sir Bradley Wiggins in London in 2012, just 10 days after he finished runner-up to Wiggins in the Tour, and the experience has left him hungry for more.

""It felt enormous," he said. "You almost can't believe how overwhelming the Olympics are, bigger than just your sport."

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