It’s been quite a year for Chris Froome.
The Nairobi-born cyclist raced to his third Tour de France title in just four years this summer, becoming the first Brit to accomplish such a feat.
However, Froome is attempting to improve upon this 2016 haul by fighting for Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro. Incredibly though, his attempt at Road Race victory nearly collapsed before the race even began.
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Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first cyclist from the UK to win the Tour de France in 2012. The 36-year-old followed up the win with Time Trial gold at the Olympics, in the same year, in London.
Froome, who has since improved upon Wiggins’ Tour achievements by three-fold, is attempting to accomplish a similar feat.
In fact, the 31-year-old set out to go one better by scooping victory in the Road Race as well as the Time Trial.
That being said, Froome’s Olympic dream came close to hitting an improbable snag before a pedal was even pushed. The Tour de France champion came minutes away from missing registration for the 237.5km race.
Having not heard his name called over the tanoy at Copacabana beach, Froome had to be prompted by a BBC journalist across a safety barrier.
It is obligatory that riders sign-in before the race and had he not been reminded, the results could have been incredibly embarrassing.
It’s fair to say that Froome, albeit suffering defeat, would want to have lost giving a fair fight and not as a result of an administrative error.
Nonetheless, having safely avoided the humiliation, Froome made his way to the start line, but his efforts were ultimately in vein. With the route not truly suiting the Brit, he had to settle for a mediocre placing in the middle pack.
The three-time Tour de France winner may have lost out to Belgium's Greg van Avermaet, but he still has a shot at gold in the Time Trial. Besides, the 31-year-old has to be thankful he was even allowed to compete.
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