Froome started racing while living in South Africa and a creditable 17th-placed finish in the road race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne brought his talents to a wider audience, his first professional contract following with the South African Konica Minolta team in 2007.
His debut season, including participating in the Tour of Britain, led to a contract with the second-tier UCI Professional Continental team Barloworld in 2008, for whom he made his Tour de France debut in July and finished fourth in the Herald Sun Tour in October.
In March 2009, Froome claimed his first professional win, on stage two of the Giro del Capo in South Africa, before finishing 32nd overall on his Giro d’Italia debut and signing for the newly-formed Team Sky for their inaugural 2010 season.
Froome displayed his time trial ability that year, finishing second to Bradley Wiggins in the British National Time Trial Championships and fifth in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, as well recording a ninth place overall at the Tour du Haut Var in France before enjoying his breakout season in 2011 at the Vuelta a Espana.
There, Froome won a thrilling mountainous stage 17 and eventually finished second overall on general classification, the best finish by a British rider in the Vuelta and equalling Robert Millar’s achievement as the only Briton to have finished second at a Grand Tour at that time.
Froome was also part of the Great Britain team that helped Mark Cavendish win the World Road Race Championship and came third in the Tour of Beijing ahead of what was a memorable 2012 for the rider, and British cycling in general.
After winning stage seven of the Tour de France, Froome briefly wore the polka dot mountains classification leader’s jersey on the way to helping Wiggins become the first Briton to win the famous race. Froome also finished second overall as Great Britain celebrated podium placings at the Tour de France for the first time ever.
Froome’s summer was not finished, as he went on to take the bronze medal in the time trial at the London Olympics, behind gold medallist Wiggins, and finish fourth at the Vuelta.
First Tour triumph
Having shown his worth in stage racing, Froome’s form at the start of 2013 was even more eye-catching as he won the Tour of Oman, came second at Tirreno-Adriatico and won the overall at the Criterium International, Tour of Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine ahead of an attempt to capture the Tour de France.
That effort began in earnest when he won stage eight on Ax 3 Domaines, taking the race lead and polka dot jersey, and riding superbly to defend first place all the way to Paris, adding stage wins on the legendary Mont Ventoux and in the stage 17 time trial.
Hopes were high for Froome’s Tour defence as the race began in Yorkshire in 2014 but, sadly for home interest, a crash on stage five saw him forced to abandon although the season ended with another strong Grand Tour showing as he finished second overall at the Vuelta a Espana.
There would be no such disappointment in 2015 as Froome won the Ruta del Sol stage race in Spain and the Criterium du Dauphine in warming up for the Tour de France. A strong finish on stage three, on the Mur de Huy in Belgium, saw Froome briefly take the yellow jersey and, after Tony Martin abandoned, the Briton took the jersey back on stage seven, wearing it all the way to Paris in a dominant performance that included winning stage 10 at La Pierre Saint-Martin.
The 2016 campaign saw Froome seeking to join elite company in winning a third Tour de France and the year started well with overall victory at the Herald Sun Tour and, for the third time in his career, the Criterium du Dauphine.
At the Tour, Froome completed arguably his most exciting win, taking a decisive lead on stage eight when he attacked on the descent of the Col de Peyresourde, collecting a yellow jersey he would keep until Paris although not without a number of dramatic moments. On stage 12 the Team Sky rider collided with Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema after a motorbike had been forced to stop by spectators. Froome lost time and Great Britain Cycling Team mate Adam Yates was briefly awarded the yellow jersey until officials restored Froome’s lost time, allowing him to retain the lead over the remaining nine stages.
In Rio, Froome won his second Olympic medal, repeating his feat of a bronze in the time trial as he had done in London four years earlier, after a 12th-placed finish in a gruelling road race.
Moving on to Spain for the Vuelta, and one of the hardest and most thrilling Grand Tours of recent years, Froome battled toe-to-toe with old rival Nairo Quintana, winning three stages including the opening team time trial before narrowly missing out on first place, eventually standing second on the podium for the third time in his career.
Away from the bike
Born in Kenya, where his English parents had moved to run a crop farm, Froome began cycling seriously at the age of 13 before attending secondary school in South Africa and studying economics for two years at the University of Johannesburg.
A collector of snakes as a youngster in Africa, Froome enjoyed mountain biking in the Kenyan bush and recounts the story of being chased by a hippo on one occasion. He still lists outdoor pursuits and wildlife among his interests.
Having studied economics, Froome believes he would have an office-based job were he not a professional sportsman and counts Nelson Madela as the most famous person he has met.
Froome and his wife Michelle are based in Monaco and have a son.
|Tour de France||general classification||1st|
|Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)||Time trial||Bronze|
|Tour de France||general classification||1st|
|Tour de France||mountains classification||1st|
|Criterium du Dauphine||overall||1st|
|Criterium du Dauphine||mountains classification||2nd|
|Criterium du Dauphine||points classification||3rd|
|Criterium du Dauphine, (France)||overall||1st|
|Tour de France||overall||1st|
|UCI Road World Championships, Florence (Italy)||team time-trial||Bronze|
|Olympic Games, London (UK)||time trial||Bronze|
|Tour de France||overall||2nd|
|Vuelta a Espana||overall||2nd|