Tour’s Froome is most at home in South Africa

2013-07-17 00:00

CHRIS Froome, who currently wears the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, is most at home in South Africa.

Froome’s father, Clive, yesterday said his son, who pedals in British colours, has never lived in Britain and the most time that he has spent in the UK was about 10 days.

Froome was born in Kenya, but moved to South Africa when he was 14 to stay with his father, a British citizen who moved to SA in 1995.

His mother died a short while later.

“We were not wealthy at that stage and could not really afford to send him to a school in Britain,” said Froome senior, who now lives in Midrand with his second wife Jenny.

The room Chris had while growing up is still full of trophies.

Clive and Jenny are very proud of Chris and they keep every clipping from a newspaper or magazine in which Chris appeared. “We are so glad he is wearing the yellow jersey, because now we can at least spot him in the group. When we look at the stages of the Tour de France on TV I yell something terrible, it even scares the dogs,” Jenny said.

Apart from English and Afrikaans, Chris speaks fluent Italian, French and Swahili, said Clive.

“We know he resorts to speaking Afrikaans with his team-mates when he does not want competing cyclists to understand what he is saying.”

Clive said he does not talk often to his son while he is competing, but he did send an SMS yesterday to tell Chris not to pay any attention to the ongoing questions about doping.

“It is a very dark cloud that hangs over cycling. Now that Chris is doing well, everyone wants to know if he is using stimulants. It really makes him furious.”

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