Data Visualisations: Chris Froome at the Tour de France
Data visualisations by Chris Jensen
In our series of experimentations with data visualisations, Chris Jensen takes a look at Chris Froome’s history of results at the Tour de France and where he’s gained and lost time in the third week of the race.
Brought up Kenya and South Africa with an untraditional cycling pedigree, Chris Froome’s breakthrough performance was at the 2011 Vuelta a España where he finished second overall alongside teammate Bradley Wiggins. He then went on to do the same in the 2012 Tour de France, before winning the race as team leader in 2013 and 2015 (and abandoning due to injury in 2014).
Some key takeaways after stage 16 heading into the last week of the Tour from past results:
1. Froome’s lead this year is less than it was during his two winning efforts (2013 & 2015) through stage 16.
2. Froome has lost time in the third week before. If he loses as much time in week three as he did last year (118 seconds), he will lose the yellow jersey. However, that’s not to say that Froome lost time because lack of form or ability. You only need one second to win the Tour de France…
3. When riding as Sky’s team leader, Froome has an impressive record at the TDF; Two wins and one DNF.