Rider calling themselves 'Luke Skywalker' has been accompanying Team Sky's Ian Boswell during South Africa training rides

Does Tour de France champion Chris Froome have a Strava account? Someone uploading rides under the name of ‘Luke Skywalker’ accompanied Team Sky’s Ian Boswell during training rides in South Africa, and they are seriously quick up mountains.

Boswell said yesterday that only he and Froome and been training together in South Africa – which leads us to the not very clever conclusion that the mysterious Luke Skywalker (Sky-walker, get it?) is indeed Froome.

However, the account was deleted on Wednesday, March 2, shortly after this article was published.

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The Skywalker account was created on February 18, kicking off with a ride with Boswell. The two riders covered 172km (107 miles) at a seriously impressive average speed of 31km/h (19.2mph), particularly given they climbed just under 3000 metres in total. Maximum speed was a scary 83kmh (51.7mph).

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A series of identical rides were then logged on both Boswell’s and Skywalker’s accounts, the longest being 214km (133 miles) on Monday, February 29. The two riders covered that distance at an average speed of 34.7kmh (21.6mph). No wonder Boswell said in a blog this week that Froome pushed him to the limit.

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As you may expect, both Skywalker and Boswell had secured pretty much all of the KOMs on the mountain roads in the region where they were riding, including the 9km (5.6 miles) Steenbrasberg Pass at an average of five per cent gradient. Now that the Skywalker account has been deleted, the KOMs are all Boswell’s.

Boswell has now returned to Europe, and will start Paris-Nice on Sunday. Froome will continue training in South Africa and commences his European campaign at the Volta a Catalunya on March 21.

Froome – if it is him – may need to brush up on his Star Wars knowledge though, as they used a photo of Anakin Skywalker on the account rather than Luke. Schoolboy error.

  • http://jktrain.com Jesse

    disappointing that so many pros, both big and small time, hide their strava and training routines. There’s definately legit reasons when people question everything you do, or dealing with privacy issues. still, it’s a bummer

  • Lee Walton

    Streuth… scary maximum cadence! 208!!!

  • http://www.kustomflow.co.uk tosh83

    lol I was thinking the same thing

  • Stevo

    But if they went out for a ride, they might miss something on twatter.

  • roddders

    Impressive average speed and scary maximum speed? You guys need to try riding a bike instead of making up click bait stories about nonsense.

  • Andy Thornley

    Looks like its been deleted now

  • Altimis Nuel

    LOL that’s Anakin Skywalker, you use wrong avatar!