Born in Nairobi to a Kenyan mother and British father, Froome moved to South Africa at the age of 14, where he took up bike racing.
For current staff and pupils at St John’s College, Johannesburg, Froome is something of an inspiration. Headmaster Paul Edey described Froome as possessing the qualities the college attempts to instil in its pupils: true grit, perseverence and never giving up.
Froome has now joined an elite group of cyclists with at least three Tour wins, having stood on the top step in three of the last four years.
His season is far from over, with the Olympic Games road race and time trial high on his priorities, followed by the World Championships time trial in Doha, Qatar, at the end of the year.