The 28-year old, who learned to ride on dirt tracks in
Kenya, crossed the finish line in Paris, this year, together with his British
Team Sky colleagues to become the second Briton to win the title in consecutive
years and the first African-born cyclist to ever win the race.
“In 2005, Froome enrolled at UJ for entrepreneurial
management and now serves as a special
inspiration for the UJ squad,” said UJ cycling manager Karel Mouton, who
remembered Froome as a very modest, mild mannered and shy student. “He was also
very determined and followed advice and training suggestions to the letter.”
“During his student years, there was seldom an occasion
when I found him at home when I called. He spent a lot of time on his bike in
areas such as Hekpoort, Randfontein, Hartbeespoort Dam or Suikerbosrand Nature
Reserve” said Mouton.
Although the all-rounder put his studies on hold in 2007
to pursue a pro racing career, Mouton said Froome could still be found riding
the highways of Gauteng during his annual Christmas visit.