Week 29: Hero – Chris Froome

by Charlie_East_West on July 22, 2013

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This weeks’s hero award goes to Chris Froome for winning the Tour de France, and becoming the second consecutive British cyclist to win the race.

What a summer of sport. As previously pointed out within these four walls of the All That’s Left Sporting Club (a club in which female members are most definitely allowed entry – Muirfield take note), Britain has become super fantastic at sport. In particular, summer sport. We are having a second consecutive summer of glorious British success. This is particularly true of cycling, and the ongoing and unrelenting success story of British Cycling and Team Sky, led by its supremo, Sir Dave Brailsford and his turbo charged group of cyclists.

In the summer of 2012, Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the blue riband Grand Tour – the Tour de France, and in the process, caused the French to have a sporting existential crisis on a par with our previously ongoing British crisis to find a men’s singles champion at Wimbledon (yes, as we all know, we have just sorted that one out as well).

The French are quite rightly proud of their great event and cycling tradition, so for a bunch of plucky Brits to pitch up and snatch their prized loot must have been a real kick in their sporting teeth. It now gets even worse for the French. Britain and Team Sky have just gone and done it again. Chris Froome has just won the Tour de France.

Froome was quite frankly, in a class of his own on the tour. He won by over 4 minutes. He won the key time trial stage. He won two of the key mountain stages. He was ably assisted throughout by the Team Sky domestiques and support team.

Chris Froome is hardly in the same league as Sir Bradley Wiggins in terms of appeal or charisma. Wiggins is an old school sporting hero, who has connected with the public consciousness. I doubt that Froome has made the same impact. But, as someone rather dull, inept and undeserving once said “do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man.” – wise words that apply to a deserving hero of the week – Chris Froome.

When Froome slaughtered all his main opposition on the iconic Mont Ventoux stage by producing bursts of speed that caused a doping conspiracy theory to emerge around Team Sky – both Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford both kept their cool, gave the media and cycling authorities unprecedented levels of access, data and interviews – both in terms of soundbites and performance data.

Through the 2012 and 2013 endeavours of Wiggins and Froome within Team Sky – we are entering into the realm of a sporting dynasty. I fully expect another charge at the Tour de France from Team Sky/Froome in 2014 and beyond. The French must be coughing and spluttering on their Gauloises.

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Geoff Elliott July 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

Chapeau Froome, but not forgetting the major contribution of the rest of the Sky team. In particular Richie Porte, David Lopez, Peter Kennaugh and Konstantin Siutsou. Vasil Kyrienka missed the time cut after killing himslef in the Pyrenees on behalf of Froome and Boasson Hagen broke his collar bone in a bad crash. Huge contribution too by Geraint Thomas who suffered a hairline fracture of his pelvis on Stage 1 and still finished the race. An incredible achievement.

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