Froome’s Emergence from the Shadows

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Chris Froome used to be bad at cycling. He joined the Barloworld team in 2008 and from then until the 2011 Vuelta he managed only one victory, in the Giro del Capo in South Africa.

‘Bad’ is all relative of course. He was good enough to be a professional cyclist and he was also good enough to be signed by Team Sky. But the story goes that before that 2011 Vuelta the team were done with him. They wouldn’t be renewing his contract because he wasn’t worth paying anymore.

But then he finished second in the Vuelta, a Grand Tour, ahead of his team leader Bradley Wiggins. If time bonuses weren’t awarded during the race, Froome actually would have won. He had clocked a faster time around Spain than eventual winner Juan José Cobo.

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Christmas Quiz 2016 – Answers

Here are the answers to the Christmas Quiz I set last week. Almost 100 entries, some journalists in there as well as a couple of professional riders and (I’m almost certain) lots and lots of Googling!

The winner was Doug Hart who got his entry in with just a couple of hours to spare. Doug got all 20 correct, the only person to do so.

Congratulations Doug! A copy of the latest Soigneur magazine is all yours. I’ll be in touch via email.

1. Dimitri Konychev

1991 Tour de France – Stage 22

It’s the famous tumble taken by Djamolidin Abdoujaparov on the Champs Elyssés with Olaf Ludwig sprinting beside him, but it was Dimitri Konychev who won the stage.

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