The UK’s professional cycling scene has been exciting to watch over the last few years as our athletes have been taking titles and medals all over the world! One man who has particularly stood out is the current reigning champion of the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España: Chris Froome. At The Insurance Emporium, we decided to take a look at the life of this incredible cyclist.
Kenya believe it!
On May 20th 1985, Froome was born in Nairobi, Kenya to British parents. He lived in the country for 14 years, which is where he got his first taste of bicycle racing. Froome entered a charity bike race and came first, despite being knocked over by his mother. At that same event, he met the Kenyan cyclist who would become his mentor in those early days; David Kinjah. Froome later went to boarding school in South Africa but would train with Kinjah during the holidays.
Towards the start of Froome’s cycling career, he rode for Kenya at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He finished in 17th place in the road time trial and 25th place in the road race. During the same year, he bagged a place at the 2006 Road World Championship after secretly using Kenyan cycling federation president Julius Mwangi’s email account to ask for his entry. Then, in 2007, Froome’s professional career began as he signed to South Africa’s Konica Minolta team.
The sky’s the limit!
Froome signed with team Barloworld in 2008 and made his Tour de France debut in the same year, representing Kenya. He went on to represent the UK and joined Team Sky in 2010, which was the team’s inaugural year. Froome supported teammate Bradley Wiggins and helped him to win the Tour de France in 2012, finishing second himself – the first time British riders had finished in podium places. He also competed in the London 2012 Olympics and got a bronze medal in the time trial.
First Tour de France win
Continuing on from his 2012 successes, the following year was an excellent one for Froome. He achieved the first stage race win of his career at the Tour of Oman before going on to win the Critérium International, Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné. These wins all culminated in his performance at the Tour de France 2013, where he became the second British rider in history to win overall. Froome received the Vélo d’Or award in October 2013, which recognises the year’s best rider, and has won it twice since.
A grand (tour) adventure
Since then, Froome has continued to be one of the most prominent riders in professional road cycling. Although he crashed out of the 2014 Tour de France, he followed up by winning it for three consecutive years after that. Froome also received his second bronze Olympic medal in the time trial in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The next year, he became the first British rider to win the Vuelta a España. Most recently, he won the 2018 Giro d’Italia – the first time a Brit has done so and the third time a rider has held the Tour, Vuelta and Giro titles at the same time!
Froome’s cycling career has certainly been an exciting one to watch! Perhaps you are inspired by him or other riders at the grand tours to take part in cycling races. If so, it could be worth getting bicycle insurance. With The Insurance Emporium’s Cycle Insurance, you could choose cover for Competitive Use as well as many other Elective Benefits. New customers could also get an Introductory Discount of up to 15%*. If this sounds like a winning idea then race on down to The Insurance Emporium today!
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