Team Sky's 2013 Tour de France winner in first ever undersea bike crossing...

Chris Froome has become the first person to ride a bike through the Channel Tunnel from England to France.

Ironically, the video of Froome taking on the tunnel was released on the same day as passengers had to be evacuated from the tunnel - and in to the service tunnel Froome used for his ride - because of a power failure on a train at 06:20am this morning. Disruption is expected all day, luckily the riders are flying back, but some of the Tour's support vehicles may have a problem getting back across the Channel. 

Riding his Pinarello time trial bike, Froome completed the 50km crossing in about 55 minutes, a mark that someone determined to get into the Guiness Book of Records will no doubt want to beat.

Froome’s ride actually took place on June 1, but with the Tour de France crossing from England to France this evening after stage 3 finishes in London, Team Sky have released a video of the ride today, as you do.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.