Sports Character contender: Chris Froome

Sports Character 2015 contender: Chris Froome
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Time: 18:50-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC A single, Radio five live, BBC Sport internet site.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday, 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

“He has that true fight to get every thing out and give every thing to the finish line” – team-mate Geraint Thomas on cyclist Chris Froome.

Froome, 30, is the latest contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Character of the Year award on 20 December, as we focus on one particular of the 12 shortlisted nominees every day before the show.

Year in a nutshell

  • First British rider to win the Tour de France twice
  • Followed up 2013 triumph with yet another victory in gruelling 3-week occasion
  • Took each the overall title and the King of the Mountains classification
  • Shrugged off abuse, like getting spat at and having urine thrown more than him

What they say – Geraint Thomas

“On the massive days of a Tour, Froomey will talk to the group outlining what he desires. When you hear your team leader saying stuff like that, it brings you up.

“When Froomey is on the bike, he’s not so good any longer. You have to fight for your spot in the bunch and, specially when you get into the final stage of the race and the top couple of guys are left, you can see the fight in him.

“I never imply he’s going to punch [rival Nairo] Quintana or something like that, but that real fight to get every little thing out and give almost everything to the finish line.

“In the Tour of Spain a couple of years ago, he was coming back from injury and wasn’t most likely to win but he kept fighting every single single day and that sums up his attitude actually.”

What you say

Ben Wilson: “The man has won the hardest sporting occasion in the planet twice. A no-brainer for me. Chris Froome for #SPOTY.”

Andrew Harvey: “Initial British double Tour de France champion, plus 1st to win all round and mountains jerseys considering that Merckx in 1970.”

Larry Bird: “Won the most gruelling sporting occasion twice, showed dignity and class all through whilst becoming treated disgracefully.”

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