IT’S ALSO THE AGE OF CHRIS FROOME

Procycling - - Review Of The Year 2016 -

By win­ning his third Tour de France this sum­mer, Chris Froome el­e­vated him­self into an elite club. Only eight riders in the his­tory of cy­cling have (of­fi­cially) won three or more Tours, and the Brit shows no sign of vul­ner­a­bil­ity. While he didn’t dom­i­nate his ri­vals in the moun­tains in this year’s race, he was never in real dif­fi­culty, and he was able to put large chunks of time into them in the time tri­als. As long as he can con­tinue to do this, and stay out of trou­ble, he’ll win more yel­low jer­seys.

Yet un­like Sa­gan, Froome has yet to re­ally grab the public’s at­ten­tion. He doesn’t court it but even his ex­ploits in the 2016 race – his dar­ing at­tacks in the cross­winds with Sa­gan and down­hill to Lu­chon, and his in­fa­mous Ven­toux run – haven’t gained him the adu­la­tion that other riders get. Per­haps a fourth, even a fifth Tour win would change that.

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