Froome would move aside for Thomas in Rio

Tour de France champion Chris Froome revealed he would be happy to help Geraint Thomas win a gold medal at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.

Froome is one of the favourites for the individual time trial and the road race in Rio but understands that if he is not able to push through for the win on the day, he would help fellow Brit Thomas.

Thomas spent the 2015 Tour de France as a super domestique in Team Sky for Froome and was instrumental in helping the Kenyan-born rider to a second le Tour title. 

"If G is flying and I'm struggling, then definitely, absolutely," the 30-year-old told Reuters

"I'd be happy playing a role if it meant we could have an Olympic champion.

"The key to all of this is communication. Especially with G. We've been riding together now for coming up to ten years. At the Olympics, it will be a very honest, open discussion between us out on the road.

"Who's feeling good? Can we get the job done today? Will you pull? Will you not pull? It's that team dynamic."

Froome road to a bronze medal at the London 2012 time trial representing Kenya. Meanwhile, Thomas is in fine form, having defended his Tour of the Algarve title in February.