Road to Rio: 11 days to go
Road to Rio

Road to Rio: 11 days to go

25 July 2016 / 10:48

Just 11 days remain until this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, but there is still plenty keeping our Team GB athletes busy.

Each Monday we will look back at what our athletes have been getting up to during the last week and who to keep an eye on over the coming seven days.

The week that was

Cycling

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It was a momentous day for Chris Froome in Paris on Sunday as he won a second consecutive, and third career, Tour de France title.

Despite a crash in the final week and having to ride a climb on his teammate’s bike, Froome won the race by more than four minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

Fellow Rio-bound Team GB rider Adam Yates also made history, finishing fourth and becoming the first Brit to ever win the white jersey for best under-25 rider.

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During the week Mark Cavendish also left the Tour early to concentrate on his track campaign in Rio, and fellow Dimension Data rider Steve Cummings was added to Team GB’s line-up for the road race in Rio, replacing Pete Kennaugh who withdrew following concerns over his return from injury.

Athletics

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Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah returned to the scene of his London 2012 triumphs to convincingly win his first competitive 5,000m race of the season on Saturday.

Team GB’s sprint relay runners also shone at the Muller Anniversary Games, with both the men and women winning their events.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson jumped a season’s best to win the long jump and Matthew Hudson-Smith won the 400m.

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The previous evening Scotland’s Laura Muir smashed Dame Kelly Holmes’s British 1,500m record and Adam Gemili ran a season’s best to finish third in the 200m.

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Tennis

British number one Johanna Konta warmed up for Rio in the perfect way, winning her first ever WTA Tour title.


The Brit beat Venus Williams in three sets at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, to become the first British tour winner since Heather Watson, four years ago.

Konta is now up to a career-high ranking of 14 in the world, with the Rio tennis tournament set to start in just 12 days time.

Rugby sevens

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With rugby sevens making its Olympic debut in Rio, Team GB named the 24 players heading to Brazil to represent their country.

Tom Mitchell will captain the men’s side, with Emily Scarratt skippering the women, as Team GB will have representation in an Olympic rugby competition for the first time in 108 years.

The last time Team GB competed at rugby it was 15-a-side, and current coaches Simon Amor and Simon Middleton hope Rio will be a showcase for the sevens game.

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Canoe sprint


Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah were added to Team GB’s canoe sprint team for Rio after entries from Belarus and Romania were withdrawn.

The pair will join up with teammates Rachel Cawthorn, Louisa Gurski, Rebeka Simon, Jessica Walker, Jonathan Schofield and Liam Heath in Rio.

"This truly has been the longest road to Rio, one I wouldn't change, but not one I would like to repeat," said Hannah.

Team GB

After four years on the Road to Rio, Team GB finally announced its full lineup of 366 athletes that will head to this summer's Olympic Games.

It is the largest delegation for 24 years with the athletes set to compete across 23 sports in Brazil.

Rio 2016 will see Team GB include more female athletes than ever before at an away Games with 164 women (44.8%) and 202 men (55.2%).

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The week ahead

Cycling

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Fresh from winning a third Tour de France, Chris Froome announced that he will head to London to compete on British roads for the first time in two years.

The London 2012 bronze medallist will ride the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday, just a day before flying to Rio, as he looks to hone his one-day racing skills.

Froome has not ridden in Great Britain since the Tour de France came to these shores in 2014, but he wants to remain in peak condition ahead of both the road race and time trials in Rio.

Holding camps


With Rio fast approaching over the horizon, competition dies down as athletes fine-tune their preparations.

Our swimmers are already at their holding camp, in Belo Horizonte, ahead of competition kicking off in 12 days time.

And while some are already in Brazil, others are getting in a final bit of gym work ahead of their flight.

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