Born in Kenya to British parents, Chris Froome started racing under a British licence in 2008 and has not looked back since.
After a slow start to his Team Sky career, Froome redeemed himself in perfect style – finishing second at the 2011 Vuelta a Espana courtesy of a stage win
Had he not been supporting Wiggins at the start of the race, it could have been even better, but the two paired up again in 2012 when Froome was Wiggins’ super domestique at the France.
So super was he, in fact, that he picked up a stage win and finished second overall behind Wiggins – though the public falling out between the two when he attacked on the road to La Toussuire soured proceedings.
Bronze in the time trial at the Olympic Games followed, before he finished fourth at the Vuelta a Espana.
Froome’s big breakthrough came in 2013, however, winning the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine before winning the Tour de France in dominant style.
His three stage wins included a stunning victory on Mont Ventoux and he is now Team Sky’s bona fide leader – taking another second place at the Vuelta a Espana last year after injury curtailed his Tour defence.
Victory at the Ruta del Sol saw him bounce back in style at the start of 2015, however, with Criterium du Dauphine success following and now a second Tour de France win.
His stunning stage win on stage ten set the tone, and Froome also went on to claim the polka dot jersey.
Finest moment: Having claimed the yellow jersey with an unanswerable attack on Ax 3 Domaines, Froome extended his overall lead at the 2013 Tour de France with victory on Mont Ventoux. Dropping the hammer, Froome’s cadence as he burst away from Alberto Contador was hugely impressive and ensured Britain would celebrate back-to-back Tour victories.