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Olympic road race: Chris Froome hopes to peak again on tough Rio course

In spite of his three Tour de France triumphs, the Kenyan-born Briton has never won a one-day race. This could be about to change at Rio 2016

In 2012 the Great Britain men’s road race team enjoyed the perfect buildup to the event that opened the home Olympic Games; it was only on the day itself that the plan stalled. This year, a bitter selection controversy has marred the run-in, but the upshot is a quintet led by the triple Tour de France winner Chris Froome that boasts far greater strength in depth than four years ago.

On a London course where a field sprint was the most probable outcome, GB had no option but to back Mark Cavendish, but on the day his four team?mates were unable to control the race as they had hoped, try as they might, and there was no plan B.

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