Why does Chris Froome cycle with his head down?

Some people think it’s because he’s slavishly devoted to his power data. They accuse him of ‘riding like a robot’ as if robots are highly-regarded for their cycling abilities.

Actually, Chris Froome cycles with his head down because that’s just the way he cycles. Richie Porte says he frequently rides into him during training. You can find evidence that this is true in certain side-on photographs where Froome’s bike computer is actually far further forward than where he appears to be looking.

That picture appears on the website Chris Froome Looking At Stems, which is all kinds of magic. I particularly like ‘looking at Brad’s stem when he’s not looking‘ and ‘missing the stem‘ – although they only actually make sense once you’ve looked at a few of the others.

When someone goes to the trouble of basing an entire website around some seemingly trivial detail simply to make a joke, you know that the internet isn’t yet fully ruined.