Chris Froome burst onto the scene by finishing runner up at the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, and since then has cemented his reputation as one of the best Grand Tour riders on the planet. At the 2012 Tour de France he and Bradley Wiggins achieved a remarkable one-two triumph for Team Sky, and Froome had also added an Olympic bronze medal to his collection before he rounded off the season with another top-four finish at the Vuelta.
The Kenyan-born Brit’s attacking style has seen him produce some of the most memorable stage victories of the last few seasons, like when he went toe-to-two with Juan Jose Cobo at the 2011 Vuelta, and then out-climbed Cadel Evans to win his first Tour stage on La Planche des Belles Filles in 2012. The world is his oyster again in 2013.
Q & A
Who inspired you to start cycling?Cycling was my freedom from a young age.
First bike:It was my brother's old bike which had a steel frame and shifters on the downtube.
First cycling club:The Super C Cycling Academy in South Africa.
Childhood hero:I really looked up to Jens Voigt and his aggressive style of racing. He was always in breakaways and driving them on.
What do you love most about cycling?It's a way of de-stressing and it leaves you feeling good during and after the ride.
What keeps you going when you're on the limit?I go into survival mode and tell myself that the other riders have to be feeling the same as I am.
What has cycling taught you?That what you want to achieve can be achieved if you go about it the right way - plan, work hard and set appropriate goals.
What teams did you ride for before Team Sky?2007 Konica-Minolta; 2008-09 Barloworld
Favourite race:Although it doesn't really suit my style at the moment, I'd have to say Paris-Roubaix.
Favourite ride:Mountain biking through the Kenyan bush. I've seen herds of elephants and plenty of other wildlife, but thankfully nothing too dangerous.
If you weren't a rider, what would you be?I did an economics degree after school so I'd probably be behind a desk in an office somewhere.
Interests away from cycling:I love being outdoors. Wildlife and sport in general
Favourite film:Shawshank Redemption
Who makes you laugh the most on Team Sky?Bernie and Richie always come up with amusing lines and keep things light during training.
Best friend in the peloton:Richie Porte
Favourite food:My girlfriend's chocolate brownies
Most famous person you've met:Nelson Mandela
Most embarrassing moment:Crashing into a race marshall during the U23 World Championships in Salzburg.
Interesting fact:As an eight-year old in Kenya, I used to sell avocados off the back of my bike for pocket money.
Best advice:If you want something badly enough you'll find a way to make it happen.
Tour of Mauritius - 1st stage two
Tour of Mauritius - 1st stages two and three
Tour of Japan - 1st stage six
Giro delle Regione - 1st stage five; Giro del Capo II - 1st
Vuelta a Espana - 2nd overall and 1st stage 17; Tour of Beijing - 3rd overall
Tour de France - 2nd overall and 1st stage seven; Olympic Games - Time trial bronze medal;
Vuelta a Espana - 4th overall