IT’S ALSO THE AGE OF CHRIS FROOME
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.