Olympic24: Froome determined to stay at the top after Tour de France win

Olympic24: Froome determined to stay at the top after Tour de France win

26 July 2016 / 06:57

Chris Froome and Sir Dave Brailsford reflect on the former’s 2016 Tour de France success while Kirsty Gilmour looks ahead to Rio. Here’s our review of the news from the last 24 hours.

  • Sir Dave Brailsford predicts three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome can dominate for years to come
  • Kirsty Gilmour excited to achieve Olympic dream in Rio
  • Olympic silver Michael Jamieson to wait until after Rio to make decision on future
  • Catch the latest Team GB news in the weekly Road to Rio piece

Brailsford: Froome as hungry as ever

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford insists Chris Froome can continue to dominate the cycling world for years to come.

Froome, 31, won his third Tour de France title on Sunday to become the first Briton to ever achieve the feat, adding to his victories in 2013 and 2015.

He beat France's Romain Bardet by four minutes and five seconds, with fellow Brit Adam Yates finishing in fourthvand taking the white jersey for best rider under 25.

"He's hungry as ever," Brailsford told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"Much of how far he can go will be about how much he can retain his desire and hunger to keep on making all the sacrifices necessary to remain at this level.

"Physically I can see him going on for three or four more years at the highest level."

Froome added: "It would be my dream to keep coming back for the next five or six years and give myself the best opportunity of winning again," he said.

"I'd love my son to look back in 10 years' time and for him to be proud of his old man."

Gilmour ready for big scale Olympic experience


Badminton player Kirsty Gilmour is relishing the chance to make the step up to Olympic level next month.

The Scot, who is seeded 11th in the women’s singles at Rio 2016, will realise her dream of becoming an Olympian in just over two weeks’ time when the badminton event at Rio 2016 kicks off.

“My first memories of an Olympics were Sydney 2000 but I didn’t really understand how enormous the Olympic Games were. It wasn’t until Beijing in 2008 when I was a bit more involved in the sport and I remember watching, not just badminton, but everything,” Gilmour told Badminton England.

“For London 2012 I was on the GB Ambition programme so I got to have a real experience of an Olympic Games. I’ve experienced Youth Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Games, UK School Games but nothing to the scale of an Olympics.

“My personal goals in Rio would just be to put in good performances. If I focus on that, the good outcomes will follow.”

Jamieson praises strength in depth of British swimming


London 2012 silver medallist Michael Jamieson insists he will leave it until after Rio 2016 to make a decision on his swimming future.

The 27-year-old failed to qualify for the Games after finishing fifth at the GB trials in April, but will be in Rio working for the media.

Jamieson won 200m breaststroke silver in the capital four years ago, and admits his decision on whether to continue will depend on whether he can continue to compete at the 'sharp end'.

"If I think I can still challenge for major medals I'll continue," he told BBC Scotland. "If not, I think it'll be time to call it a day.

"It has been difficult. I'm an athlete, I love competing. You want to be involved in the Olympic Games, it's the biggest stage in our sport.

"But life throws you curve balls now and then. The standard is so high just now, especially in the breaststroke events.

"There's so many guys knocking on the world's best and that showed at the British trials."

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