Chris Froome

>>>Chris Froome rider profile and results

Nationality: British (formerly Kenya)
Date of birth: May 20, 1985
Height: 185cm
Weight: 71kg
Team: Sky
Twitter: @chrisfroome

Chris Froome began 2015 with an impressive win over arch-rival Alberto Contador at the early season Ruta del Sol, as he builds up to an attempt at winning his second Tour de France title in July. The Sky man was initially touted to ride the Giro d’Italia, but announced late in 2014 that he would focus fully on reclaiming the Tour. Froome had a fairly disappointing year in 2014, crashing out of the Tour and failing to overcome Contador at the Vuelta a España, but now looks to be as determined and dedicated as ever to making it back to the top of the sport.

Froome was born in Kenya and schooled in South Africa, swapping to British nationality in 2008, just after the Beijing Olympics. British Cycling officials had identified him in early 2008 when they learnt of his British family and saw his talent. At the time he was riding for Barloworld. Despite frantic efforts, and Froome’s existing dual nationality, they weren’t able to get a release form from the Kenyan cycling federation (with whom he was registered) in time for Froome to ride the road race at the Beijing Olympics.

Froome has been with Team Sky since the start in 2010, but endured a torrid first two years. In fact Froome was almost dropped from the team, but finally came good at the 2011 Vuelta a Espana where he finished second. As the race went on, and Froome’s full abilities were finally on show, Sky Boss Dave Brailsford was so desperate to resign Froome he flew out to Spain on the Murdoch private jet with a new contract in hand.

It was a wise move by Brailsford as he secured the services of the man who looks set to be a dominant feature at the Tour de France for years to come.