Christopher Clive Froome is a British road racing cyclist who currently rides for Israel Start-Up Nation. He has won seven Grand Tours, including four editions of the Tour de France (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), one Giro d’Italia (2018) and the Vuelta a España twice (2011 and 2017), plus several other stage races. Chris also won two Olympic Bronze medals in road time trials, in 2012 and 2016, and took Bronze in the 2017 World Championships. Chris dedicated his 2013 Tour de France win to his mother, who died of cancer 5 weeks before his Tour debut in 2008.
Chris was born in Kenya to British parents and grew up there and in South Africa. In 2008, Chris turned professional with the Barloworld Italian Team. The same year he moved to Italy and started to ride under a British license. In 2010 he moved to Team Sky and has since become one of the team’s key cyclists. He’s been a resident in Monaco since 2011.
On 12 June 2019, Chris was hospitalised with a fractured right femur, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs after a high-speed crash into a wall while training for the 4th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The incident ruled out his participation in the 2019 Tour de France. On 10 September 2019, almost 3 months into his recovery, Chris was confirmed to participate in the 7th edition of the Saitama Criterium, and on 29 September 2019 it was posted on social media that he was back training on the road.
In his first official team interview posted on 17 January 2020, Chris confirmed that he had been given the green light to begin full training following the rehabilitation stage of his recovery and participated in a training camp with several teammates in Gran Canaria, citing his big focus as participating in the 2020 Tour de France with the ambition of getting his fifth overall victory. On 22 January 2020, it was announced that Chris’ first race back would be the UAE Tour at the end of February, rejoining the peloton for the first time since his accident.
On 9 July 2020, it was announced that Chris’ contract with Team Ineos would not be extended beyond the end of the 2020 season, having been with the team since its formation in 2010. Later that day, Chris signed a long-term contract with Israel Start-Up Nation from the 2021 season.
Following the end of the COVID-19 lockdown, Froome completed the Route d’Occitanie, the Tour de l’Ain and the Critérium du Dauphiné. On 19 August 2020, it was announced that he would not be part of the team for the Tour de France, but would instead be the team’s designated leader at the Vuelta a España, which would eventually be his final race with Ineos.Chris married Michelle Cound in November 2014. On 14 December 2015 the couple had their first child, a son named Kellan. His second child, a daughter named Katie, was born on 1 August 2018. Chris was appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to cycling.