>>>Chris Froome rider profile and results

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

Chris Froome made history in 2015, becoming the first British rider to win two editions of the Tour de France (2013 and 2015), and the first to win both the overall title and the King of the Mountains classification.

Froome goes into the 2016 Tour in good form, having won his third Critérium du Dauphiné title in June – his previous two coming in the same years as his Tour wins.

With two individual time trials and a mountainous route from the first week, the 2016 Tour de France appears to suit the Team Sky rider well and we could see him don the yellow jersey once more.

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 learned 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 Sir Dave Brailsford was so desperate to re-sign 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.