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TDF = Top Dog Froome
on 23 July 2013
In reviewing this book I have to separate my 5* admiration for this classy man from a book about him. It's a decent, timely bio but lacks involvement from Chris as all his quotes seem to be lifted from the press, twitter and blogs hence I cant quite give the book 5 stars.
It's a very good story though. It's remarkable that Chris made it to pro given the anti-help of the Kenyan authorities. Bizarre. So it's no surprise Chris chose to go with his British ancestry. Lucky britain and no wonder they said "hands off he's ours". After reading this bio I think Chris might be THE modern british cycling hero.
There is of course some narrative about what happened with Wiggins in the 2012 tdf but without Chris' own uncensored explanation we still don't quite know for sure but I am left thinking that Chris might have been stronger but that his inconsistency (due to a nasty parasitic infection) made him - at that time - an understandably tough choice over Wiggo.
On that note Chris has such a different story to Wiggins who benefited from massive guidance and support. There is no doubting who wins the "eee, it were tough when I were a lad" competition. In fact the more I think about it since reading this book the more astonishing and wonderful it is that Chris made it. He must just be a ton of talent and strength - mentally and physically.
After reading this book I understand where Chris' independence, free thinking and ability to fight solo comes from. I think the book paints a clear picture of the sort of person he is. Christopher Froome doesn't seem like a complicated character but he is a very special one - a gentleman with a killer instinct.