Olympic24: Team GB triathletes set to star as Froome gears up for Le Tour

Olympic24: Team GB triathletes set to star as Froome gears up for Le Tour

02 July 2016 / 08:55

Team GB triathlon stars continue their preparation for Rio in Stockholm today as Olympic bronze medallist Chris Froome gears up for another Tour de France assault and British Rowing confirm the final names in their squad for the Olympic Games. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours in Olympic sport:

  • All six Rio-bound Team GB triathletes set to star in Stockholm today
  • Chris Froome all set for a tilt at a Tour de France hat-trick
  • British Rowing confirm their men’s eight crew for Rio and the reserves are announced
  • GB Sevens come to London as preparations continue on their Road to Rio
  • Triple jumper Nathan Douglas will captain Britain’s 97-strong team at the European Athletics Championships
  • Dan Evans and Tara Moore go down fighting on rain-affected day at Wimbledon

Team GB out in force for Stockholm triathlon

Alistair Brownlee

Great Britain's Rio-bound triathletes will hope to fine tune their Olympic preparations as they visit Stockholm for the penultimate leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series before August's Olympic Games.

All six of the triathletes named to Team GB, headlined by London 2012 gold medallist Alistair Brownlee, will be competing in Sweden at the Vattenfall race.

Brownlee will be joined by Olympic colleagues, brother Jonathan and Gordon Benson, as well as Adam Bowden – who finished 29th at the last World Series event in Leeds.

In the women's event Team GB's Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins and Vicky Holland will race alongside Commonwealth champion Jodie Stimpson and European Champion India Lee.

"I like the Stockholm course, it's got a bit of everything with some narrow, cobbled streets and the split transition like Leeds. It's a race I've enjoyed and had some success at, so I'm looking forward to it," said the 28-year-old.

Both races take place today, with the women beginning at 3pm, and the men setting off at 5.45pm.

Froome goes in search of Tour treble

Chris Froome

Olympic bronze medallist Chris Froome begins his assault on the Tour de France today as he goes in search of a third Tour title.

The London 2012 time trial medallist hopes to become only the eighth man to ever win three Tour titles but knows he will face a stern test in the form of Colombia’s two-time runner up Nairo Quintana, as well as the gruelling 3,535km course itself.

Reigning champion Froome will be supported by, among others, compatriots Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas, both of whom will join the two-time winner in Rio for the Olympic Games.

Froome has altered his training schedule this year to prepare for the dual targets of Tour de France glory and Olympic gold in Rio, and he thinks he has hit peak form at just the right time.

"It's about delaying reaching that peak form," said Froome. "In previous seasons, in the spring I'd been in that shape and then basically tried to hang on to it whereas now I feel as if I've only just got there.

"Hopefully it means that because we've delayed everything I'll be able to hang on to it a bit longer, and hopefully into Rio too.”

Final Team GB rowing squad confirmed as men’s eight crew announced


Olympic champions Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed headline the crew for Great Britain's men's eight in Rio after Team GB confirmed the final names in their rowing squad.

Double Olympic gold medallists Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed headline the squad, while London 2012 bronze medallists Tom Ransley, Matt Langridge and cox Phelan Hill add international experience to the crew.

Matt Gotrel, Paul Bennett, Will Satch and Scott Durant complete the line-up with each of them set to take their Olympic bows in Rio.

"It's great to be officially selected in the eight, I'm very confident that this group of guys have what it takes to win in Rio, and with Jurgen's programme we'll be in the best possible shape come Rio," said Langridge.

Team GB also announced that Vicki Meyer-Lake will be the reserve for the open-weight women's squad, with Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell and Mat Tarrant take the same sports in the men's side.

The announcements bring the final number of rowers named on Team GB to 47.

GB Sevens step up Rio preparation in London this weekend


GB Sevens will continue their preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this weekend as they take to the field at Sevens and the City at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Separated into two teams, GB Lions will play Samurai, Barbados and Wales, while the GB Royals will face Italy, France and this season’s England academy side.

The event comes after a three week block of intensive training, with two Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens Series tournaments in Exeter and Gdynia to follow later this month.

“Training has been at an incredibly high standard.  We always said it is where the players would face their toughest opposition and I couldn’t have asked for more,” said Team GB Sevens head coach Simon Amor.

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Returning Nathan Douglas to captain GB at European Athletics Championships


Triple jumper Nathan Douglas will mark his return to international competition by leading the British Athletics team for the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam.

Douglas, who had been hampered by injuries in recent years, will be making his first international appearance in three years when he competes at the Europeans from July 6-10.

He is, however, in strong form having claimed his fourth British Championship title last weekend in Birmingham and will lead a bumper 97-strong team after being named as captain.

"It is an honour and a privilege to be named captain for the British Athletics team, especially for one of the biggest teams we have ever put together," he said.

"Many are aware of the difficulties I have faced in the past – to be back, make the European team and be named captain is a very special moment."

Meanwhile, discus thrower Jade Lally has been handed the honour of being the team's flag bearer for the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium on July 6.

Evans and Moore knocked out on another rainy day at Wimbledon


Great Britain number four Dan Evans lost out to Roger Federer in a supreme display of hitting during the world number 91’s Centre Court debut at Wimbledon.

Evans lost 6-4 6-2 6-2 to the seven-time Wimbledon champion in the third round encounter as the world number three had too much for the man from Birmingham.

Despite the loss Evans, who has climbed more than 600 ranking places in the last year, said he still enjoyed the experience.

"It was good," said the 26-year-old.

"It was just an amazing experience just to play him. I don't think I played too bad, I just didn't serve very well. I enjoyed it.”

Evans’ exit, and Tara Moore’s 6-1 2-6 6-3 loss to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, means Andy Murray is the sole Brit remaining in either the men’s or women’s singles.

The 2013 champion is back on Centre Court today against Australia’s John Millman.

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