LONDON, Dec 13, 2013 (AFP) – Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome
has revealed that he has recovered from a parasitic illness that had plagued
him for over four years.
The 28-year-old Briton had been suffering from bilharzia, which is usually
spread by contaminated water and is most common in Africa.
Froome, who was born in Kenya, has managed to reach the summit of the sport
in spite of the condition, but he says he was relieved to learn that he had
finally shaken it off.
“At last I am free of the debilitating disease bilharzia,” he told Friday’s
edition of British newspaper The Independent.
“I had a test when I went back to Kenya recently and it is the first time
it has come back negative since the diagnosis (in 2009). That is fantastic
news for me. I’m not going to have to worry about that any more. That should
be it gone now.
“I have been going back every six months for the past two years and
returning positive results. When I was first diagnosed they said it had been
in my system for at least two years, but it could have been there even longer
— five or six years possibly.”