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Chris Froome

Chris Froome is a British road cyclist born in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the youngest of three, with his two older brothers attending school in England while Chris stayed with his parents in Kenya as a child. He is one of the most experienced and accomplished cyclists still riding today, with 16 major wins (including 4 Tour de France wins and 3 other Grand Tour victories) and a professional career that so far has spanned 14 years.

Froome started cycling at a young age, entering and winning his first race at the age of 13. He was quickly identified as a superb talent, and at age 22, after attending college for two years, he turned professional.

Froome is currently married to Michelle Cound. They have one son, Kellan.

  • Birthday: May 20, 1985 (20-05-1985)
  • Education: University of Johannesburg (economics - unfinished)
  • Net Worth: Approximately $15 million
  • Occupation: Professional Cyclist
  • Height: 6'1" (1.85 m)
  • Weight: 146 lbs (66.22 kg)
  • Position: Road Cyclist - Rider (climber, time trial specialist)
  • Years Active: 2007-present
  • Career Wins: 16 Major Wins
  • Nicknames: Froomey
  • Teams: Konica Minolta, Barloworld, Team Sky/Team INEOS

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Cycling Career

Chris Froome's cycling career started at the age of 13, when he entered (and won) his first race at the urging of his mother. Professional cyclist David Kinjah of Kenya took notice, and the two began a significant mentor-student partnership. While training with Kinjah, Froome improved rapidly, a result of riding with older and often much better riders.

Froome went pro at 22 years old, joining Konica Minolta, a team out of South Africa. A year later he joined another South African team, Barloworld, and competed in his first Tour de France, finishing 84th. From there, his rise appeared meteoric. He joined the British Team Sky in 2010, and in 2011 he finished 2nd in the Vuelta d'Espana, one of the three Grand Tours each year. It was a major finish for the youngster.

Froome finished second at the Tour de France in 2012 (behind his own teammate), and in 2013 he took the top of the victory stand as winner of the Tour de France. In the following years, Froome would win 3 more Tours de France, the Giro d'Italia, and another Vuelta d'Espana. He is the third cyclist ever to win all three Grand Tours consecutively, the first to do so since cycling great Bernard Hinault.

In 2021, Chris Froome is set to begin a new chapter with a new team, as head of Israel Start-Up Nation.

Titles and Awards

Chris Froome's lengthy career has garnered him titles that few possess. He is a four-time Tour de France winner (and a one-time mountains classification winner), a two-time Vuelta d'Espana champion, winner of the Giro d'Italia and 9 major stage races.

Froome also won the Velo d'Or in 2013, 2015, and 2017, the award given to the best cyclist of the year. He is just the second rider in history to win the award three times.

Froome has also been presented with an Order of the British Empire (OBE), one of the highest honors possible for those not in civil service in Britain.

Froome has been awarded cyclist of the year multiple times by several publications as well, including Velo Magazine, the Sports Journalists' Association, and Het Nieuwsblad.

Personal Life

Chris Froome was born to parents Jane and Clive in Nairobi, Kenya, as the youngest of three. Both of his older brothers attended school in England when Froome was a boy, resulting in Froome being alone with his parents in Kenya. Froome's parents divorced when his father filed for bankruptcy, after which he lived exclusively with his mother. Froome moved to South Africa at the age of 14, a decision that meant parting with all of his boyhood friends and his cycling mentor, David Kinjah. The two kept in touch from a distance, however, and Froome continued to blossom as a cyclist.

In 2014, Froome married his then-longtime girlfriend Michelle Cound in South Africa. The two had been dating since 2011. They have a son, Kellan, who was born in 2015. Froome's mother died in 2008, just five weeks before his Tour de France debut, where he finished 84th. He dedicated his 2013 Tour victory to her.

Fun Facts

  • In addition to winning races on the professional side, Froome is also an Olympic bronze medalist!
  • While preparing for the 2019 Tour de France, Froome experienced a life-threatening crash at the Criterium du Dauphine. Unable to walk at first and needing months of rehab, he only began to make his return for the 2020 season.
  • If Froome manages to win one more Tour de France, he will tie the record for most Tour wins in history (five) with the likes of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain.
  • When growing up in Nairobi, Froome sold avocados and spare bike parts to earn money.
  • Chris Froome is the only cyclist to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta d'Espana in the same year since the Vuelta was moved to September.
  • Froome has been a member of Team Sky/Ineos since its inception in 2010. He will, however, race with a new jersey and a new team, starting in 2021.
  • Froome helped organise Wheels for Heroes, an effort to provide front-line workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic with bicycles.

FAQ

Is Chris Froome the best road cyclist ever?

Chris Froome may be the best cyclist of his generation, but he still has stiff competition to be named Greatest Of All Time. Eddy Merckx, the earliest cycling "great," is still considered by many to be the best cyclist of all time. Then there is five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault, "The Badger." Not to mention Miguel Indurain and Jacque Anquetil. If Froome manages to secure a fifth Tour victory, he will undoubtedly be considered one of the best ever, and should he manage a sixth win, he may be considered the greatest cyclist of all time.

How many times has Chris Froome won a major race?

Chris Froome has 16 major road race wins, including 7 grand tour wins (Tour de France, Vuelta d'Espana, Giro d'Italia). Aside from Grand Tours, he has 9 stage race wins, has won the Velo d'Or multiple times, and is an Olympic medalist. However, Froome isn't satisfied yet, and he is looking to tie the record for most Tour de France wins, at five. He currently sits at four.

What happened when Chris Froome Crashed in 2019?

On June 12, 2019, Chris Froome crashed into a wall while pre-riding a stage at the Criterium du Dauphine. Froome was airlifted to a hospital, where he underwent extensive surgeries. He suffered broken vertebrae, a compound femoral fracture, broken ribs and hips, a broken elbow, a broken sternum, and severe blood loss. His condition was critical and considered life-threatening. The fact that he has made a return to competitive cycling is remarkable, and could be one of the greatest comebacks in cycling history.

Why did Chris Froome leave Team Ineos?

After ten successful years of partnership, Team Ineos decided not to renew Chris Froome's contract after the 2020 season, following a tough few races in his return from a life-threatening crash in 2019. Froome has already decided to join team Israel Start-Up Nation starting in the 2021 cycling season. Whether a colossal mistake on the part of Team Ineos or an easy call foreseeing the end of Froome's dominance, the decision not to re-sign the best cyclist in the world after just a season of racing following a devastating crash is a bold one. Only time will tell who the winners and losers of this decision are.