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Chris Froome returns to Strava, logs 1000km in first week of 2018

Jack Elton-Walters
15 Jan 2018

Chris Froome has been in South Africa, logging his rides on Strava

Getting well clear of the cloud that currently hangs over him after it was revealed that he'd returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for salbutamol, Chris Froome has been logging plenty of kilometres in South Africa.

The Kenyan-born British rider spent much of his teens and early twenties in South Africa, and he has returned there to kickstart his 2018 training. So far this year he has logged over 1,000km on Strava, a platform he has returned to recently.

His rides include some impressive efforts – such as a 225km training ride with 2,000m of climbing, 165km on a TT bike and a 150km interval session. He swept up around a dozen KOMs in the process.

Previously, Froome was thought to be posting his data to the site under the moniker 'Luke Skywalker', a pseudonym that was accidentally revealed when he went on training rides with now ex-teammate Ian Boswell.

Once that became public knowledge, the profile soon disappeared so let's hope the same doesn't happen again this time.

With rides showing on his open profile from Feburary and March 2017, this could be the same account, renamed and brought out of hibernation.

The move to post Froome's rides on a public domain could be seen as an attempt to appear more transparent as he looks to clear his name and enter the 2018 racing season with a clear record.

Any questions about whether this is a genuine account should be dispelled by a number of factors: it is a verified 'Strava Athlete' profile, it's hard to fake rides of that length, Froome is known to revisit South Africa on a regular basis.

With the case surrounding the AAF at the Vuelta a Espana still very much open, which races we will see Froome at this year is far from certain.

The big news had been his plans to attempt the Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double, but that race schedule is much less likely now unless the UCI and WADA come to a fast resolution, and one that is a positive outcome for the rider.