Principal hopes Froome will ring SA school’s victory bell

2013-07-23 00:00

CHRIS Froome kept his bicycle in his boarding school bedroom and went for a ride each morning before school.

This was what Roger Cameron, principal of St John’s College in Houghton, Johannesburg, where Froome matriculated in 2003, remembers of the Tour de France champion.

“He always had a passion for cycling, and was exemplary and humble,” Cameron said about Froome, who on Sunday won the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

Froome, who rides in UK colours, is the first winner of the classic cycle race who was born in Africa.

He won prize money of €450 000 (about R5,8 million), which he will probably share with his team-mates.

Cameron said Froome will be invited to his old school to ring the so-called victory bell.

“This will be an honour for us if Chris can return to ring the bell, because all the boys are in the clouds about the achievement of one of their own.”

A former pupil who matriculated with Froome sold his car to fund a trip to Paris, so that he could watch the last stage of the Tour de France, Cameron said.

Cameron said Froome had handled the allegations about the use of stimulants with dignity. He said he was very proud of how his former pupil had voiced his displeasure about using drugs.

“It showed his true character. He knew those questions would be asked and he handled it like a champion.”

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