Every year I spend 21 sleep deprived nights watching the greatest bicycle race on the world pro cycling tour and every year I am left inspired by the extraordinary efforts of elite athletes who push themselves to the limit to achieve their goals. The winner of this year's Tour de France is one such athlete.
British cyclist Chris Froome from Team Sky demonstrated what it takes to be a champion and three time winner of the TDF. Despite my own team and country loyalties, it is hard not to be impressed and inspired by the way Froome approached and executed his race. His teamwork, toughness, tenacity and tactics is what earned him the victor's podium in Paris after three weeks of spectacular racing and the admiration of cycling fans all over the world...
Froome is the leader of a strong team that is well resourced, committed to a common goal, and who ride as a single unit to support their leader.
Froome got back up after every crash and pushed on through the pain demonstrating unshakeable physical and mental strength.
Froome abandoned his broken bike after interference from the crowd, running up the hill with sheer determination to hold onto his overall lead.
Froome surprised everyone by his risk taking tactics to attack the peloton on the descent after a tough climb, resulting in him winning the yellow jersey.