“Imagine Chris Froome naked.”
Despite the Kenyan-born Team GB’s star’s unrivalled success on a road bike, we don’t imagine this is a statement that’s heard an awful lot.
And that’s meant with no offence to Chris, of course. After winning his fourth Tour de France alongside his first Vuelta in 2017 there can be no doubt that he’s one of the finest human specimens on the planet. It’s just that whenever Froomey is in the public eye, he’s normally about 17 days and hundreds of miles into a gruelling road race, surrounded by bruised, bleeding, exhausted and sweaty men with enormous legs and small, little shoulders.
There’s something about imagining any grand tour rider naked after they’ve been going through all that pain and endurance that just doesn’t seem quite right. We’ve all seen the gruesome post-ride Tour shots after all. The veins for days (and months and years) don’t normally make you say “corr! Would love to see the rest of him”, as represented by Polish rider Pawel Poljanski below…