Tour de France Video: Reigning champ Chris Froome pedals through Eurotunnel

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There was more than a little irony to the timing of this video posted by the fine folks at Jaguar and Team Sky. Around the same time this admittedly enthralling look at Chris Froome becoming the first man to cycle from the U.K. to France via the Eurotunnel started making the rounds on the internet, hundreds if not thousands of travelers (RoadBikeReview included) found themselves stranded on either side of the English Channel when a train broke down inside the tunnel that connects Great Britain and continental Europe.

This forced the evacuation of several hundred passengers, plus massive delays and numerous cancellations, including our scheduled 7:34 p.m. train from London to Lille where we’d planned to continue our coverage of the on-going Tour de France. Plan B was an unscheduled overnight near the train station in London, and then a 6:50 a.m. departure on Tuesday. Needless to say, we’d have preferred to pedal through like the 2013 Tour de France champ.

Froome, who got special clearance to ride through a service tunnel, is seen in the slickly-produced video pedaling a sleek Pinarello time-trial bike. He reportedly completed the crossing in just under an hour, reaching speeds of 65kph along the way. When they don’t break down, Eurostar trains take around 35 minutes to complete the journey, while commercial ferry trips run roughly 90 minutes. The good news for the Tour de France is that it booked the bulk of its traveling caravan (teams, officials, organizers, etc.) on a water ferry from Dover to Calais, and were not impacted by the nightmarish travel day. Sadly, we cant say the same…

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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