Froome calls on Ker­ri­son to help plan time trial as­sault

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - RIO 2016 - By Tom Cary

Chris Froome be­lieves his chances of vic­tory in Wednes­day’s time trial will be greatly en­hanced by the pres­ence of his Team Sky coach Tim Ker­ri­son, who flew out to Brazil last night to help mas­ter­mind his ef­fort against the clock.

Ker­ri­son, who was signed from Bri­tish Swim­ming hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked in the Aus­tralian setup in that sport, is the brains be­hind all three of Froome’s Tour de France wins.

Froome said last night that the pair had worked a lot on his pac­ing ahead of last month’s Tour, where the Bri­ton man­aged to fin­ish sec­ond and then first in the two in­di­vid­ual time tri­als.

“[Ker­ri­son] is fly­ing out this evening and will stay close to the TT cir­cuit,” Froome said. “We will head out there to­mor­row and have a look at it and come up with a plan; a pac­ing strat­egy.”

“It is some­thing we have done a lot of work on and it worked re­ally well at the Tour this year. Ide­ally we will be able to repli­cate what we did at the Tour, al­though it’s a very dif­fer­ent type of ef­fort. Al­most 60km.”

The only man to beat Froome at

the Tour was the Dutch­man Tom Du­moulin, who tri­umphed in the longer, flat­ter first time trial in the mid­dle week. How­ever, Du­moulin suf­fered a frac­tured wrist fol­low­ing a crash in the penul­ti­mate moun­tain stage and his form now is un­known. He climbed off his bike af­ter a few kilo­me­tres of Sat­ur­day’s road race.

Froome said that he felt the Dutch­man was still a strong con­tender, mark­ing him out as one of five to watch. “I’ve no doubt he will still be a se­ri­ous threat,” he said. “The other guy who I thought showed well on Sat­ur­day was [Switzer­land’s] Fabian Can­cel­lara – we could see him back to his TTing best. I would rate those two. Then also [Ger­many’s] Tony Martin. Al­though the course is hilly it only takes three or four min­utes to get up there – Tony can do that just fine – and then there are long flat sec­tions which he will en­joy.

“Also Vasil Kiryienka [Be­larus] and Ro­han Den­nis [Aus­tralia]. Those five I would say will be my main ri­vals.” Great Bri­tain could yet have two en­tries in the time trial, with Geraint Thomas po­ten­tially be­ing granted a late spot fol­low­ing in­juries to Vin­cenzo Nibali (Italy) and Richie Porte (Aus­tralia) in Sat­ur­day’s men’s road race.

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