The Froome Debate
Today on Twitter, as in the past, there has been a lot of talk about how Chris Froome should be the leader of the team and/or he should find another team to ride with where he can ride for himself. I have a few thoughts on this subject.
When it comes down to it, Froome decided to resign with Sky after the Vuelta last year. He knew what he was getting into. He knew that he’d be serving as Wiggins’ lieutenant and helping him win the Tour. He had to know that he was “giving” up a chance to build up his palmeres and win races. But he chose to do it anyway. He’s a big boy. Maybe he is being taken advantage of, but at this point, if he regrets it, he’s got no one to blame but himself.
In that vein, you can say the same thing about Edvald Boasson Hagen. I hear people talk all the time about how his talent is wasted at Sky and how he deserves better. When EBH resigned with Sky, how long did he sign for? Three years? Yes, that’s right. Three years. Did he make a lot of money from that? Probably. Does he get job security from that? Definitely. Did anyone make him sign it? No. Maybe he is chasing the money and will look back on this decision years later and say, “What the fuck was I thinking?? Why wasn’t I on a team that let me ride for myself??” But maybe he won’t. Maybe he likes Sky as a team- he’s got friends there and it’s probably a pretty cushy gig, if their budget is anything to go by. Maybe he likes his role too- not everyone is cut out to be a GC contender or a top sprinter.
In short, I don’t think it’s necessary to have any sympathy for these guys- because they don’t need it and possibly because they don’t want it. We can’t know what went through their heads when they resigned, but I think we should stop lamenting their “unfortunate” situations on team Sky that they signed up for and just enjoy watching them ride.