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 starts the 2014 Vuelta a Espana as one of the favourites. After he crashed out of the Tour de France early on stage five, he was virtually forced in to riding the Spanish tour. Sky’s team leader needs to ride a three week race this season so as not to lose ground on his rivals for next year’s Tour. He was the dominant winner of the 2013 Tour and was the favourite again this year before he abandoned with a fractured wrist and hand.

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.