Chris Froome on the Tour, training and just why he stares at his stem

Ahead of the 2015 season, Cycling Weekly sat down with Chris Froome to discuss the tumultuous last year, his meteoric rise in the pro peloton and how he’s preparing for his next assault on the Tour de France

Chris Froome
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Happy newlywed Chris Froome is notably early for our interview. “Sophie?” he says tentatively in an unmistakable Saffa accent before approaching with a two-kiss greeting at a non-descript hotel foyer in Launceston, Tasmania where he is staying.

The 2013 Tour de France champion has embarked on an 11-hour journey from South Africa to Australia for a self-appointed training camp with Sky team-mate and Launceston native Richie Porte. It effectively marks the beginning of his pre-season after an eventful break that included marrying long-time girlfriend, Michelle Cound in Cape Town.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.