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Froome to line up at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics

Froome and Team Sky pencil in the Vuelta a España in as a possibility

London, UK, 25th July 2016 - Chris Froome (Sky) has announced that he will attend next Sunday's Prudential RideLondon Classic July 31st, before flying to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Olympic time trial and road race at the Olympic Games.

Fresh still coming to term's with winning his 3rd Tour de France title, he confirmed that his next apperance would be one on British roads.

"I'm looking forward to a bit of recovery after this race but it looks like next weekend I'm going to RideLondon as a one-day race before we fly as a team out to Rio,"  Froome confirmed.

"The last few years I haven't done much racing in the UK. I've really wanted to, but races like the Tour of Britain have coincided with the Vuelta, and the national championships being just before the Tour de France, it's a tricky time to include with all that travel time and tapering to get ready for the Tour," Froome said. "It will be a massive honour to go and engage with the British fans, and then to go from there straight out to Rio."

A fourth Vuelta a España appearance in five years has also been pencilled into Froome's schedule. Froome crashed out of the Vuelta last year and previously placed second overall 2011 and 2014 and fourth in 2012.

"Right now, possibly I might do the Vuelta this year," Froome said, "I think it's very difficult to put together two Grand Tours like that. So obviously I'll also be giving a lot of thought about whether I'll be doing the Vuelta this year."

It looks unlikely that Froome would ride all 3 Grand Tours which would include the Giro d'Italia in coming years - at present.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will see more than 25,000 amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge like no other through London and Surrey on a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then travel through the capital and onto Surrey's stunning country roads and through the Surrey Hills before a spectacular finish on The Mall in central London.

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

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Froome to line up at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics