Reigning Tour de France winner Chris Froome has become the first person in the world to ride from the UK to France in the Eurotunnel.
The ride, arrange by Jaguar Land Rover for the Team Sky leader, saw Froome take 55 minutes to complete the below-the-sea trip on his Pinarello Dogma F8, and is now another record the cycle champ is proud of.
“Opportunities to become the first person in the world to achieve these kind of feats are extremely rare nowadays, especially as a pro-cyclist,” he said. “To become the first person ever to cycle through the Eurotunnel was right up there with some of the most iconic rides I’ve ever done – this must have been one of very few ‘world first’ rides left!”
Jaguar Land Rover had the idea for the ride six months ago and has been negotiating with Eurotunnel since then; the service tunnel Froome rode is, apparently, one of the highest-security sites in the UK and France.
Eurotunnel head of public affairs John Keefe was pleased a deal could be struck, though: speaking of the tunnel itself, he said the problem is “that no one gets to see it, so we were delighted when Jaguar Land Rover came to us with this ground-breaking request!”.
Tomorrow, of course, the Tour de France teams will complete the Eurotunnel crossing for real as they leave the UK for three weeks of French le Tour stages. Froome, we presume, will be hitching a ride in a car next time round.