Chris Froome

Bikes Etc - - AWARDS 2017 -

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.

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