Va Va Froome: The Remarkable Rise of Chris Froome (Tour de France Edition)

 
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On 21 July 2013 Chris Froome made history as the second British cyclist to win the Tour de France in the 100th edition of the world's most famous bike race and the first ever African-born rider to wear the coveted maillot jaune on the top step of the podium in Paris.

Froome's path into the elite ranks of road racing from mountain biking alongside wild animals on dusty roads in the nature reserves of Kenya's Great Rift Valley to the giddy heights of the Tour de France has been unlike any other in the annals of the sport. Born in Nairobi to British parents he was educated in South Africa and studied economics at university. But he abandoned his degree to take up the offer of a professional cycling contract in Europe.

A fish out of water, unused to the harsh northern hemisphere winters, with no idea of the tactics, discipline or etiquette of riding in the professional peloton, Froome encountered a shock entrance into the rough and tumble world of top level European bike racing.

Incredibly, within two years and despite his progress being severely hampered when he contracted a debilitating tropical disease Froome had signed for the world's biggest cycling team, British cycling supremo Sir Dave Brailsford's Team Sky, finished second overall in the Vuelta a Espãna, and sacrificed his own ambitions to help teammate Bradley Wiggins claim Britain's first ever Tour de France title in 2012. At the turn of 2013 Froome superseded Wiggins as Sky's team leader and went on to win four out of the five stage races he entered, including the prestigious Critérium du Dauphiné, before dominating the 2013 Tour de France on a relentless pursuit of the ultimate prize in cycling.

David Sharp tells the story of a unique athlete's remarkable journey that led him from riding his bike for fun in the Ngong Hills of Kenya to the very pinnacle of the sport and victory in the world's toughest race.

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On 22 July 2012 Chris Froome made history as the first African-born cyclist to stand on the podium at the Tour de France. Ten days later at the London Olympic Games he won a bronze medal in the time trial for his adopted nation in Team GB colours. Froome's path to professional cycling, from mountain biking on dusty roads in the nature reserves of Kenya's Great Rift Valley - alongside wild animals - to the giddy heights of the Tour de France and the Olympics, has been unlike any other in the history of the sport. Born in Nairobi to British parents he was schooled in South Africa and studied economics at university. But he abandoned his degree to take up the offer of a professional cycling contract in Europe. A fish out of water, unused to the harsh northern hemisphere winters, with no idea of the tactics, discipline or etiquette of riding in the professional peloton, Froome encountered a shock entrance into the rough and tumble world of top level European bike racing. But miraculously, within two years he'd signed for the biggest professional cycling team in the world - British Cycling supremo David Brailsford's Team Sky - finished second overall in the Tour of Spain by only 14 seconds and sacrificed his own ambitions to help teammate Bradley Wiggins become the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. On the Champs Elysees in Paris, Froome stood below Wiggins on the second step of the podium.Features:Author: David Sharp248 PagesPaperback

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David Sharp spent seven years with the BBC in London and Glasgow covering sport, on their website and on the radio. Previously, he had spent three years travelling around the world covering bike races such as the Tour de France, Giro d Italia, Paris-Roubaix, and interviewing all the big names in the sport in his role as Deputy Editor of procycling magazine in London. He now freelances for various publications, including The Herald newspaper and the acclaimed Rouleur magazine. He lives in Berlin.

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