Chris Froome is a Kenyan-born British road racer who currently races for Team Sky (UCI ProTeam). He made his professional debut in 2007 at the age of twenty-two with Team Konica Minolta before moving to Europe to join Team Barloworld.
Froome joined Team Sky in 2010, where he soon became one of the team’s greatest cyclists. He is currently the reigning champion of the Tour de France, which he has won four times and from which he won three consecutive times (2015, 2016, and 2017).
Froome was born in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 20, 1985, the son of Jane and Clive Froome. He is the last of his parents’ three children (all boys). His father is English and a former field hockey player who played for the English U19 team at a young age.
His maternal grandparents had left England for Kenya to set up an agricultural business. He attended Banda School in Nairobi, and after his primary education, he moved to South Africa where he attended St. Andrew’s School; a publicly funded school in the city of Bloemfontein, and then an independent boarding school in Johannesburg, St. John’s College.
After his secondary education, Froome studied economics at the University of Johannesburg for two years before leaving to pursue a career in cycling. His older brothers Jonathan and Jeremy attended rugby school in Warwickshire, England.
Chris Froome’s love of bicycle racing began at the age of thirteen when his mother took him to his first organized race, which was a charity race. At this charity event, Froome met David Kinjah, a professional cyclist who would later become his mentor and coach.
During his stay in South Africa, Froome started road racing, specializing in mountaineering. In 2006 he represented Kenya at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where he finished 25th. This caught the attention of Dave Brailsford, who would later become the leader of the Sky Team. Despite a clash with an official at the very beginning of the time trial, when he represented Kenya in the under 23 categories at the 2006 Road World Championships in Salzburg, Austria, Chris Froome still finished 36th.
After two years at the University of Johannesburg, Froome dropped out to pursue a career in cycling and the following year (2007). At the age of 22, he joined his passion for cycling as a professional by joining the South African team Konica Minolta, and between April and September, he competed in the U23 nations at the Union Cycliste Internationale’s World Cycling Centre in Switzerland.
In May, he rode for the WCC in the Giro delle Regioni, winning the fifth stage (his first stage race). At the end of the same month, he won the sixth stage of the Tour of Japan. In June, he finished second to Chinese Haijun Ma in a 26.8-kilometer time trial at the B World Championships in Cape Town.
In July he won the bronze medal at the All-Africa Games in Algiers (Algeria). At the end of September, he finished forty-first in the under 23-year-old time trial at the World Championships in Stuttgart.
For the 2008 season, Froome signed a contract with Barloworld – a second-tier UCI Professional Continental Team. His performances in the 2008 season drew him to British cycling coach Rod Ellingworth, who saw great potential in Chris Froome. In 2009 he joined the British cycling team Team Sky.
In October 2010, Froome represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he finished 5th in the time trial, just two minutes and twenty seconds behind the winner David Millar.
His big career break came in 2011 when he finished second overall in the Vuelta an España 2011. In 2012 he won the seventh stage and finished second overall behind Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France.
In 2015 Froome won both the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France for the second time. His third Tour de France took place the following year, and he was the first man after Miguel Indurain (1995) to successfully defend the title.
In 2017 he won his fourth Tour de France. Chris Froome currently has the honor of being the first cyclist to win the Tour-Vuelta twice in the racing calendar since the Vuelta moved to a September place, and he is also the first person to hold all three jerseys of the Grand Tour at the same time since Bernard Hinault’s record in 1983.
Wife and Family
The British cyclist is happily married to Michelle Cound. The couple first met in 2009 through the South African cyclist Daryl Impey. In 2011 they moved to Monaco together and got engaged in March 2013. One year and a few months later, in November 2014, the couple decided to enter into the marriage. They welcomed their first child (Kellan) on December 14, 2015, and their second child followed in 2018.
Chris Froome’s Doping Scandal
After the 18th stage of the Vuelta an España, Froome was subjected to a doping test, and in December 2017 the UCI announced that the five-time Grand Tour winner was using almost double the permitted dose of the asthma drug salbutamol. It stated that both the A and B samples showed that the concentration of salbutamol found in his urine was above the threshold of 1000-1200ng/mL for “therapeutic use”.
Froome explained why excess salbutamol was found in his system and said that his asthma had worsened at the Vuelta, so he followed the team physician’s advice to increase his salbutamol dosage.
The result of the British rider’s tests has been widely criticized, especially by other cyclists. In January 2018, David Lappartient (UCI President) advised Team Sky to suspend Chris until the case was resolved. Team Sky’s manager, David Brailsford, quickly came to Froome’sdefensee and stated that the young cyclist was innocent and had done nothing wrong and that he felt the case should not have been made public.
In July 2018, the UCI officially closed the case, stating that the rider had provided sufficient evidence that the sample results of the tests performed on him did not constitute an AAF.
Height, Weight, Body And Other Facts
Chris Froome stands at a height of 1.86 m, which is 6 ft 1, weighs 69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st), his other body measurements are unknown.
In 2016 Froome was named Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honors for his services to cycling.
The cyclist dedicated his Tour de France 2013 to his mother, who died only five weeks after his Tour debut in 2008. She died of cancer.