Tipping his former teammate for the win in the Rio de janeiro Olympic games, Bradley Wiggins has said that Chris Froome will emerge victorious at the Olympic games and back up his tour de France victory.
He said in his statement that if anyone can do it, it would be his former teammate.
Wiggins had won the 2012 tour de France competition and won a gold medal in the two weeks following that in the trial time event at the London Olympic Games. That same year, Froome had finished behind Wiggins with a close second, and had participated in the trial time event where he won the bronze medal, he now heads to the Olympics in Rio with a third tour title in his name.
He is set to compete in both the trial time event and the hilly road race where he has an ambition of placing really well in both events. Froome is bound to be the favorite at the Olympic time trials ever since Tom Dumoulin crashed out the tour de France due to an injured wrist and his chances of participating in the Olympic events became uncertain.
Wiggins himself is currently planning to win his last Olympic gold medal as a member of the great Britain’s team pursuit squad, and has predicted that Froome is surely on his way to Olympic success. However, he pointed out that Froome may not have it all on a platter of gold as he may face some of the challenges that he himself had faced four years ago.
“I think it’s probably harder for him this time. He has to travel to a completely different continent and we came back home and that is probably more challenging for Chris.”
Wiggins had said that his placing at the tour had given him gave him a clear notice that if he focused on the Olympic and the tour as one event, his victory would be secured.