Chris Froome’s 2013 Tour de France Dream.
Born on 20 May 1985 in Nairobi Kenya, Chris is 1,86-metres tall. He attended St Johns College in Johannesburg and then went on to study at UJ. He started his cycling career as a mountain biker whilst living in Kenya, and received guidance from the well-known Kenyan mountain biker David Kinjah. Chris’ strengths lie in mountain climbing and time trialling, two of the main criteria required to win a grand cycling tour.
Chris has come a long way since he joined up with South African Robert Hunter, on team Barloworld in 2008, to ride in the TDF. He finished 84th overall and 11th in the Young Rider’s category. Then in 2010, Froome was diagnosed with bilharzia and this adversely affected his cycling career during the 2010-2011 season. Down but most definitely not out, Chris went on to claim an individual stage win at the 2011 Vuelta a Espana.
Things were looking up for Chris, but at the start of the 2012 season, his bilharzia flared up again and, to add insult to injury, he was also involved in a collision with a 72-year-old pedestrian whilst on a training ride in March 2012. By the start of the 2012 TDF, it looked like he had put all his problems behind him, but this was not to be. He had to contend with a flat tyre on stage 1 and a crash on stage three, problems that would have taken a lesser man down, but not Chris. He went on to clinch a stage win in magnificent style and placed 2nd overall.
In 2013, he already has four impressive wins under his belt, at the Tour of Oman, then the Critérium International the Tour de Romandie as well as the Criterium du Dauphine . You couldn’t ask for a better start to the season and this just reinforces that Chris is not someone to be taken lightly at the 2013 TDF.
The Tour is by no means done and dusted for Chris and he expects to have some strong competition from the Spanish duo of Contador and Valverde. He also knows that things can change so quickly in a grand tour that the potential challenge from the likes of Cadel Evans, Teejay van Garderen, Jurgen van den Broeck , Joaquim Rodriguez and even Andy Schleck cannot be ignored.
We are in for 1 hell of a ride around France this year.