Chris Froome at the 2013 Tour de France (Watson)>>> Chris Froome rider profile and results

Nationality: British (formerly Kenyan)
Date of birth: May 20, 1985
Height: 185cm
Weight: 71kg
Team: Team Sky
Twitter: @chrisfroome

Chris Froome is a GC rider with four Tour de France wins to his name – his most recent success being in the 2017 Tour de France. 

Chris Froome’s 2017 season

Froome’s 2017 Tour de France lead up started less reassuringly than previous years, when he missed out on a podium spot at warm up race Critérium du Dauphiné. He also commented that the route doesn’t suit him as well as previous years, thanks to fewer time trial km’s and a limited number of summit finishes.

The 2017 Tour de France began well, however. Whilst team mate Geraint Thomas took the win in the first stage, Froome finished in sixth place, 12 seconds down – significantly higher than the other key GC contenders: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in 56th place, Richie Porte (BMC) in 49th and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) 68th.

He retained a strong position following sprint finishes on stage twothree and four. Then, when Italian rider Fabio Aru (Astana) attacked his group of GC contenders on stage five, he countered – not clawing his way all the way back to Aru, but gaining enough time to move into the race lead and don the yellow jersey.

Froome maintained his rule over the race for for a week – despite losing his key domestique Geraint Thomas who crashed out of the race on stage nine. However, an explosive effort from Aru in the final 300 metres of stage 12 saw him distanced, and he passed the yellow jersey on to the Italian rider – before regaining it on stage 14. 

He had to work hard on stage 15 after losing ground on the GC men, then suffering a puncture as he rejoined them – but team mate Mikel Landa paced him back to safety to finish at the front of the GC bunch and he recovered well on subsequent stages. 

On the last mountainous stage, on stage 18, Froome expected to be attacked by his rivals but thanks to another solid ride from Michal Kiwatkowski and Mikel Landa Froome found himself in the thick of it – sprinting across the line with Bardet and Uran.

On the penultimate stage, a technical time trial in Marseille, Froome put in an excellent performance to take third overall, and secure a grasp on the yellow jersey that meant he could roll into Paris in the lead to take his fourth Tour title. 

Chris Froome’s career to date

Chris Froome made history in 2015, becoming the first British rider to win two editions of the Tour de France (2013 and 2015), and the first to win both the overall title and the King of the Mountains classification. He followed this up with a third Tour win in 2016.

Froome went into the 2016 Tour in good form, having won his third Critérium du Dauphiné title in June – his previous two coming in the same years as his Tour wins.

With two individual time trials and a mountainous route from the first week, the 2016 Tour de France suited the Team Sky rider well and he duly delivered his third Tour victory, elevating himself among the all-time stage racing greats.

Froome then followed this up with a bronze in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games time trial and two stage wins and second place overall (to Nairo Quintana) at the Vuelta a España.

Froome was born in Kenya and schooled in South Africa, swapping to British nationality in 2008, just after the Beijing Olympics. British Cycling officials had identified him in early 2008 when they learned of his British family and saw his talent. At the time he was riding for Barloworld.

Despite frantic efforts, and Froome’s existing dual nationality, they weren’t able to get a release form from the Kenyan cycling federation (with whom he was registered) in time for Froome to ride the road race at the Beijing Olympics.

Froome has been with Team Sky since the start in 2010, but endured a torrid first two years. In fact, Froome was almost dropped from the team, but finally came good at the 2011 Vuelta a Espana where he finished second.

As the race went on, and Froome’s full abilities were finally on show, Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford was so desperate to re-sign Froome he flew out to Spain on the Murdoch private jet with a new contract in hand.

It was a wise move by Brailsford as he secured the services of the man who looks set to be a dominant feature at the Tour de France for years to come.

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