Among the folks around the world celebrating Chris Froome’s victory in the 100th Tour de France on Sunday was a group of Kenyans led by David Kinjah. While the excitement in Kenya may be surprising to some, it certainly isn’t if you know a bit about Froome’s background.
Though Froome is now a British citizen, he was born in Nairobi and spent the first few years of his life there. Kinjah was actually Froome’s first cycling mentor.
Kinjah spoke about the joy he felt watching his protege claim the yellow jersey: “It’s a great feeling, you know, and it is beyond what words can say. It is very humbling and it is great. We can feel the energy all the way from France being transferred to us here in Kenya” (ESPN).
Although his passport may say differently, many Kenyan riders consider Froome a true compatriot. Added Kinjah: “We are going to see the first Kenyan to ever win the Tour de France and this is a big celebration. We are here to honor that and we are here for the yellow jersey ride.”