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‘My rivals could smell blood; they knew I was tired’: Chris Froome opens up about his second Tour win

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This summer Chris won his second Tour de France in two years when he finished the Tour one minute and 12 seconds ahead of second-placed Nairo Quintana.

The 30-year-old Team Sky cyclist joined CNBC Anchor Karen Tso on Web Summit Centre Stage and began by telling her he’s not in the best shape at the moment:

“At the moment I’m in terrible condition.

“November is pretty much the one time you can have a burger; have a beer.

“From November on, it’s ten months of a full-on lifestyle getting ready for the Tour.

“It’s only normal to have that recess,” he said.

Karen pointed that history is against him retaining his Tour de France title. No one has gone back to back since 1995 (excluding an American by the name of Armstrong).

Chris acknowledged this, saying:

“It’s harder to go back and do it again; there’s pressure on your shoulders and you’re being pulled left and right making appearances.”

On the subject of the health of anti-doping in cycling, Chris was quick to praise the sport’s governing bodies:

“Anti-doping has been a massive part of the evolution of the sport over the last ten years.

“The agencies have really stepped up their game.

“They have a lot of new testing procedures in place.

“I think the sport has led the way for other sports to follow,” he said.

Chris added that the introduction of the biological passport in 2009 has been a significant step, and also praised the introduction of 24-hours testing, 365 days a year.


Chris onstage this afternoon.

Reminiscing about this summer’s Tour win, he told the Web Summit audience of his initial strategy:

He said that he tried to open up an early lead in this year’s Tour before falling back on a defensive game-plan. By the penultimate stage he was up against it:

“My rivals could smell blood; they knew I was tired.

“They were attacking me from all angles.

“At that point I really fell back on my teammates and relied on them to carry me through,” he said.

Chris continued to pay tribute to his Team Sky teammates, considered instrumental in his Tour win:

“If your team isn’t completely up for it, winning the Tour de France is a whole different game altogether.

“Arguably, my teammates won me the race,” he said.


Speaking to a tech audience here in the RDS, he addressed the elements of a successful team in any given sphere:

“One of the biggest aspects of a winning team is to align everyone’s individual goals with that of the team goal,” he said.

Chris added that once you have a team working toward a common objective, your outfit will be “unstoppable”.

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