Imagine training all your life to compete in the Tour de France and then once you’re in it all the headlines are about fans taking selfies on the sidelines. In the aftermath of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, it’s been a tough media ride for professional cyclists–even for the defending Tour de France champion, Chris Froome.
Yesterday, the British rider Froome did what no other cyclist has done–he rode through the Channel Tunnel from the UK to France, “under the sea.” There is awesome footage and photographs to go with the story but there was little coverage of it in the US. Froome is making headlines today because he took a nasty crash during the stage four of the race. But maybe Americans only want to root for Americans? Or underdogs like the two Americans who have a chance: Andrew “Pit Bull” Talansky and Tejay Van Garderen. Or maybe after the World Cup–which for once was sort of popular in the states–US fans have spent as much energy as they have on faraway sports.
Chris Froome, Team Sky and Jaguar: “Cycling Under the Sea”