Chris Froome is a professional road cyclist who rides for Britain’s Team Sky. Originally born in Nairobi, Kenya, where he garnished a love for mountain biking, Froome moved to South Africa as a teenager, where he began to pick up the sport of road cycling. He later went on to turn professional in his newly found passion of road cycling around 2007 and it’s been non-stop podiums since then.
Froome rode his first professional season with South African Team Konica Minolta and bounced around during his early years. He rode in his first Tour de France in 2008 with Team Barloworld. In 2010, Froome joined his current team, Team Sky and would go on to become one of the most recognizable climbers and overall riders in the sport today. Also showing his ability in the individual time trial discipline, Froome finished second at the 2010 British National Time Trial Championships.
Arguably one of Froome’s biggest years as a professional came in 2012. He was selected by Team Sky to participate in the Tour de France as a teammate of eventual winner, Bradley Wiggins. While Froome looked to be there to usher Wiggins to the yellow jersey, he had several standout stages himself, even winning one. Froome would ultimately finish second in the overall classification.
Froome kicked off a successful campaign in 2013, securing victories at the Tour of Oman, Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné, generally regarded as the warm up for the Tour de France. He backed up his impressive performances early in the year, completely dominating the 2013 Tour de France, winning by over a four minute margin. Froome became the second British rider to win the Tour de France and did so by leading the race for two full weeks.