Wiggins backing Froome double

Bradley Wiggins believes Chris Froome can defend his Tour de France title and then go on to claim gold at the road race at the Rio Olympic Games. 

Wiggins achieved a similar feat in 2012 – becoming the first Brit to win Le Tour – then hopped over to London for the Olympic road race and the individual time trial the following week. Wiggins claimed the gold in the latter.

The final Tour de France stage is on July 24 and the gruelling 256km men's road race takes place on August 6, giving Froome enough time to get over the jet lag, but not too much time that he loses fitness.

"I think it's possible because of how close it is," Wiggins told cyclingweekly.com.

"I think if he wins the Tour again, and then has the condition, then I don't see any reason why not. I said to everyone that was the big question point in London, was whether we could do that, with Tour de France tiredness or whatever.

"If you finish well then there's every chance that you can do well at the Olympics afterwards. The winner of the Olympics will come from the Tour de France. I think it's doable."

The individual time trial, a sprint over 54km where Froome will again fancy himself, takes place four days later.

Other top riders attempting the Tour de France/Olympic double include seven-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador as well as the talented duo of Nairo Quintana and Fabio Aru.