HERO OF THE YEAR
What a year it’s been for Chris Froome. First, he becomes the most successful British Tour de France cyclist of all time, after winning the world’s most celebrated bike race for a fourth time. Then he goes and wins the Vuelta a España the following month! To put that into context, it means the Team Sky star rode 3,540km around France in just over 86 hours, took less than four weeks off, then pedalled his way through 3,324km of Spain in less than 83 hours. Oh, and he also conquered 73 categorised mountain passes during the two races as well, including the 2,360m-high Col d’izoard and 1,570m-high Alto de l’angliru on his way to glory. Winning both in the same season’s only ever been done twice before – by Anquetil in 1963 and Hinault in 1978, back when the Vuelta was earlier in the season, and the gap between the two races bigger. And now, to top it all off, 32-year-old Froomey’s only gone and bagged himself Bikesetc’s Hero of the Year Award. Although to be fair, we reckon that if Her Maj was to give him a knighthood-shaped nod in the New Year’s Honours list, that latter achievement may end up getting a tad overshadowed.