Has Chris Froome gone vegan? One website devoted to meat and dairy free diets has enthusiastically embraced the suggestion that he has. Team Ineos said that the four-time Tour de France winner has made a shift towards a more plant-based diet, but still currently eats meat.
Referring to an Instagram Stories post from the Team Ineos rider, Vegan Food & Living maintained that the four-time Tour de France winner “has switched to a plant-based diet after being inspired by vegan athlete documentary The Game Changers.”
Released last year, the film’s producers include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lewis Hamilton, James Cameron, Jackie Chan, Pamela Anderson and Novak Djokovic.
Instagram Stories, as you may know, disappear 24 hours after posting, so we can’t check any follow-up comments at this point, but here is a screengrab of Froome’s post.
It’s perhaps not as unequivocal an endorsement of veganism as Vegan Food & Living might have its readers believe, given the platform it was posted to and that laughing emoji.
A Team Ineos spokesperson told road.cc that Froome has made a shift towards a more plant based diet – "essentially, he still eats meat but is transitioning across."
Veganism is a growing trend, and one that is being increasingly embraced by athletes – as outlined just last week by Richard Owen in this post for our sister site, off-road.cc.
Formula 1 champ Hamilton and world number two ranked male tennis player Djokovic, it should be noted both live in Monaco, as does Froome – so it’s certainly not inconceivable that their paths might cross, and ideas exchanged.
The highest profile current professional cyclist who has enjoyed success while following vegan diets is Lotto-Soudal’s Adam Hansen, the only rider in history to have completed 20 Grand Tours in succession, winning stages at the Vuelta and Giro d’Italia on the way.
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