Chris Froome's season debut took on an added dimension this week, due to his ongoing Salbutamol case.
Since his first Tour de France win in 2013, Chris Froome has been the GC rider of reference in the Tour. Through 2017, the Brit won four yellow jerseys (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017), a polka-dot jersey (2015), and six stages along the way, plus he won a stage in the 2012 Tour. He also won the 2017 Vuelta, but that is now under investigation due to an adverse analytical finding in an anti-doping test after stage 18.
Born in Nairobi, Froome has been a central part of British team Sky since 2010, where he’s also hauled in a number of major wins, including three stages at the Vuelta, three yellow jerseys at Critérium du Dauphiné, and seven other titles at smaller stage races, such as Tour de Romandie and Critérium International. Froome also won silver in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics time trial events.
MANCHA REAL, Spain (VN) — Chris Froome (Sky) defended his decision to return to competition despite calls by some for him to stay home.
Some top riders, like Tim Wellens and Tony Martin disagree with Froome's contention that the peloton welcomes his return.
Chris Froome’s return to the pro peloton didn’t ruffle any feathers Wednesday at Ruta del Sol, according to the Tour champ.
The Sky rider faced an onslaught of questions before making his season debut Wednesday at the Ruta del Sol.
Team Sky focuses on bike racing at Ruta del Sol, despite the controversy surrounding Froome's pending Salbutamol case.
The Sky rider will kick off his season Wednesday at the Ruta del Sol.
Ordinarily a sleepy early season race, Ruta del Sol will draw much more attention this year as Chris Froome returns to racing.
Stage 9 of the French grand tour will feature more than 21km of pave borrowed from the Paris-Roubaix route.
The five-day race in Spain kicks of Feb. 14 and will provide a challenging route for the peloton.