Chris Froome Says Battle With Bilharzia Disease Is Over

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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 … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Welcomes Tougher Doping Penalties

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NAIROBI, Nov 19, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has welcomed the introduction of tougher penalties for doping, and admitted that he had been personally "hit hard" by accusations he had cheated. Speaking at the end of a private visit to Kenya, the country of his birth and where he first fell in love with the sport, Froome said cycling was now a much cleaner sport than … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Backs African Talent

NAIROBI, Nov 19, 2013 (AFP) - Chris Froome wants to set up a foundation to help African cyclists mirror the success of the continent's runners, the Kenyan-born Tour de France winner said here on Tuesday. Froome is working with David Kinja, a Kenyan cyclist and coach who mentored the champion as a young boy, in "inspiring some youngsters, helping kids to start cycling at a young age and … [Read more...]

Froome Backs New UCI Chief To Usher In New Dawn

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN TOKYO, Oct 25, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has backed new International Cycling Union president Brian Cookson to rid the sport of its doping culture and usher in a new dawn. Froome had to field a number of questions and suspicions related to his performances during his masterful victory at the Grand Boucle in July as some … [Read more...]

A Confident Chris Froome Looks For Tour de France Repeat

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, France, Oct 24, 2013 (AFP) - When the route for the 2014 Tour de France was revealed in Paris, it almost looked like the organizers had deliberately attempted to reduce reigning champion Chris Froome's chances. Kenyan-born Briton Froome was dominant in the 2013 edition of the greatest cycling race in the world, winning by more than four minutes from … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Thrilled By Tour de France Route

PARIS, Oct 23, 2013 (AFP) - Reigning champion Chris Froome said he was delighted by the 2014 Tour de France route, despite it seemingly favoring pure climbers. Froome stormed to victory in this year's race by more than four minutes, hammering home his superiority over his rivals notably in the time-trials where he was imperious. However, he also sparkled in the mountain stages, … [Read more...]

WWI Tribute For The Tour de France 2014

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 23, 2013 (AFP) - The Tour de France will pass through the scene of some of the worst fighting of World War One next year, organisers revealed on Wednesday, as they unveiled a route likely to challenge champion Chris Froome. One hundred years after the start of the Great War, cycling's most famous race will pay tribute to the millions killed … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins ‘Almost Quit 2012 Tour’, Claims Yates

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LONDON, Sept 12, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France 2012 champion Bradley Wiggins almost withdrew from the race in a row over team-mate Chris Froome, former Team Sky general manager Sean Yates said in extracts from his new book published on Thursday. Wiggins was Sky's team leader during the race but Yates claims that an unplanned attack from Froome during stage 11 in the Alps made him … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Backs Life Ban For Drug Cheats

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LONDON, Aug 18, 2013 - Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he would be in favor of permanent bans for cyclists found guilty of using drugs. The 28-year-old Englishman faced repeated questions about doping during his Tour triumph, amid a climate of suspicion following the downfall of disgraced drugs cheat Lance Armstrong earlier this year. The Team Sky rider believes the sport … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Confirmed to Compete in 2013 USA Pro Challenge

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World’s Top Professional Cyclists Prepare to Tackle the Colorado Rockies in America’s Toughest Professional Cycling Race Denver (Aug. 7, 2013) – Marking one of the best fields ever assembled on American soil for a professional cycling race, the provisionary team rosters* for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge have been confirmed and are headlined by the No. 1 and 2 riders in the world – 2013 … [Read more...]