Olympic24: Froome to ride La Vuelta as Konta progresses in Canada

Olympic24: Froome to ride La Vuelta as Konta progresses in Canada

27 July 2016 / 06:33

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford announces Chris Froome will ride next month's Vuelta a Espana as Johanna Konta builds on her maiden WTA Tour title with first round victory at Rogers Cup. Read our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Tour de France champion Chris Froome to ride Vuelta a Espana
  • Johanna Konta through to second round at Rogers Cup in Montreal
  • Nothing left to chance for British swimmers ahead of Olympic Games
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock learn Rio group opponents


Froome to ride Vuelta a Espana

Froome yellow

Tour de France champion Chris Froome's busy summer shows no sign of slowing down after Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford announced the Brit intends to ride in August's Vuelta a Espana.

Froome secured his third Tour de France title in Paris last Sunday and is now busy preparing for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio, where he will ride in the road race on August 6 and time trial on August 10.

After that it appears he will be quickly back in the saddle with the Vuelta – one of cycling's three Grand Tours – beginning in Ourense, Spain on August 20 before finishing in Madrid on September 11.

Froome finished second in the Vuelta in 2011 and 2014 but broke a bone in his foot after crashing on last year's stage 11.

"All being well, that's what we will be doing," Brailsford told Sky Sports.

"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."

Konta progresses to Rogers Cup second round


British number one Johanna Konta progressed to the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal overnight with a 6-4 6-2 win over American Shelby Rogers.

Konta, who won her first WTA Tour title on Sunday, claimed victory in one hour and 21 minutes, and will play Vania King of America in the next round.

Elsewhere, Naomi Broady lost to lucky loser Varvara Lepchenko in the second round, after original opponent Garbine Muguruza withdrew through illness.

Broady was beaten 6-4 3-6 6-3 by the American.


All corners covered as swimmers prepare for Rio


Head coach Bill Furniss insists nothing will be left to chance as Team GB's swimmers prepare to star at Rio 2016.

The majority of British swimmers have already touched down in Brazil ahead of next month's Olympic Games and are now based at the Team GB holding camp in Belo Horizonte.

They will spent the next week acclimatising to the environment in Brazil at the university pool at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais while sharpening their focus towards the Olympic swimming programme which begins on August 6.

Hopes are high for an improved showing this time around with a host of swimmers, such as Adam Peaty and James Guy, having won medals on a global stage in recent years.

And Furniss revealed the team is doing everything possible to peak at the right time.

"By the time they arrive in Rio we know they will be race ready," Furniss told British Swimming. 

"We want to make sure that over the next few days they achieve that state of readiness to achieve their potential and deliver the right outcome."

Adcocks learn Rio schedule as badminton groups announced


Badminton head coach Jakob Hoi is looking forward to seeing Team GB’s badminton stars battle it out on the highest stage of all after the official draw was made for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Headlining the eight-strong squad bound for Rio, Chris and Gabby Adcock – ranked seventh in the world – have been drawn in group B, where they will face Danish fourth seeds and London 2012 bronze medallists Joachim Fischer and Christina Pedersen.

The group will also see them pit their wits against China’s Xu Chen and Ma Jin – winners of Olympic silver four years ago in London – and Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba of Poland, and while Hoi admits it is a tough draw for the married pair, he remains confident that the Adcocks have what it takes to overcome the battle.

“Everyone talks about Chris and Gabby because they have been the highest ranked Brits consistently for three years, and they have been drawn into an absolute killer group,” said Hoi, who was appointed in 2012.

“I think the others in the group will think the same, but they will go into that group with a lot of respect for Chris and Gabby. But things can happen in that group, people can beat each other.”

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