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Was there a winner in the Luis Arraez-Pablo López trade?

By: Abby Altman

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On January 20th, the Minnesota Twins traded Luis Arraez to the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP Pablo Lopez and 2 prospects.

In 2022, Luis Arraez earned the title of AL Batting Champion, finishing the season with a .316 batting average, .375 OBP, and a .795 OPS.

The reigning batting champion has only been traded 3 times ever in the divisional era, last marked 44 years ago when, believe it or not, the Minnesota Twins traded Rod Carew to the Angels just after he won the AL batting title.

Arraez had become a staple in the Twins both on the field and in the dugout, but he had increased his trade value so much over the 2022 season that Minnesota felt it was necessary to get as high of a payout as possible.

In exchange for the major loss on their lineup, Minnesota received RHP Pablo López. In 2022, López had a 3.75 ERA and a 10-10 record. In April of 2022, López was selected as NL Pitcher of the Month, however his accolades appear to end there. He has never been selected to the All-Star Game in his 6 year MLB career.

Before 2023, López had spent his entire career in Miami, and Arraez had spent his entire career with Minnesota.

Since the trade, both players seem to fit in very nicely with their new teams, however it seems one team may have come out on top.

In the first 50 games of the 2023 season, Arraez is leading the MLB with a .387 batting average, and a .437 OBP. Of his 60 hits, just 12 have been for extra bases, but Arraez’s consistency at the plate has put him high on the NL MVP watch.

Defensively, Arraez has spent the majority of his time at 2nd base, where he is fielding 1.000% through 38 games started.

On the other end of the trade, Pablo López has joined the very strong 5-man rotation that Minnesota has been cooking.

Minnesota’s starting 5 is 2nd in the MLB in ERA, with a combined average of 3.21. The Twins starters lead the league in strikeouts with 314, propelled by 75 strikeouts from Pablo López, which is 5th in the MLB.

López has a 3.90 ERA through 10 starts and 60 IP.

While both teams are strongly benefiting from the trade, Minnesota is currently seeing the effects of a lineup without Arraez.

The Twins currently have the 7th lowest batting average in the MLB, and lead the league in strikeouts, with 485.

The Minnesota Twins star players Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton each have their fair share of strikeouts, with Buxton striking out 52 times and Correa striking out 45 times, both in 44 games played. Arraez, on the other hand, has just 9 strikeouts through 45 games.

The 2 prospects Minnesota received in the trade have yet to make an impact on the Twins roster, and will likely remain in the minor leagues for several years.

The “winner” of this trade between the Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins will likely not be known for several years, but both teams appear to be heavily benefiting from their new acquisitions.

Conference meet

By: Ellie Moore

Photo taken by: Jen Rusch

Prelims for the St .Paul City Conference Meet took place on Tuesday, May 23, and finals were held on Thursday, May 25.

In order to make it to finals and score points for your team you need to place in the top 8 at prelims. There are 3 heats of 6-8 people in prelims and the top 2 from every heat, and the next 2 times, will make it to the finals.

Tuesday also had a few finals. With these events, the girl’s Highland team was in the lead with 59 points, Central close behind with 50 points. For the boys, Central was winning with 38 points and Highland was in second place with 32.

The events that scored on Tuesday were boys and girls 3200 meter, boys shot put, boys long jump, girls discus, and girls triple jump.

Highland Park had 2 conference champs on May 23: Benjamin Ward in the shot put and Nuria Rodriguez-Foster in triple jump. Grace Lewis-Mosher, Chloe Koch, and Ziva Westreich scored points for the team getting second, third, and fifth. Ben Martin, Max Reemtsma, and Gavin Roberts scored for the boys getting fourth, fifth, and sixth.

In the 100 Highland Park will have 3 boys and 2 girls in the final, with Brouke Brookins and Ellie Moore with first seed going into it. Demarcus Simmons and Tenzing Walker got seventh and eighth seed and Austin Bailey-Zimmerman got eighth seed.

In the 200 Highland Park will have 2 boys, Brouke Brookins and Terez McDaniel-Vaughn, and 3 girls, Ellie Moore, Ellery Merrimack, and Alexa Ramirez, in the final.

The 400 will have 2 boys and 2 girls. Ellie Moore and Delia Johnson having first and second seed. Brouke Brookins having third seed and Tobias Hennum with sixth seed.

The boys ran a prelim 800 on Tuesday, but the girls did not due to a low number of girls. Davis Isom and Charlie Service made it to finals, and Delia Johnson, Maddie Klevay, and Grace Lewis-Mosher will run their finals on Thursday.

The 1600 doesn’t have a prelim either so Sam Palm, Ingrid Haaland, and Alice Rapacz will run it for the first time on Thursday for the girls, and Mason Deegan, Gavin Roberts, and Ben Martin will run it for the boys.

Yao Buchl, Austin Bailey-Zimmerman, and Nuria Rodriguez-Foster made it to finals in the 100 hurdles for the girls and Wesley Norquist, Emmett Riemenschneider, and Johnny Xiong made it to finals for the boys 110 hurdles.

Emmett Riemenschneider, Wesley Norquist, Austin Bailey-Zimmerman, Yao Buchl, and Hazel Thrasher also made it to finals in the 300 hurdles.

Finals will take place Thursday, May 25 at Harding High School.

Sports schedule for May 22-27

9:00am Varsity Boys Golf Conference TournamentGoodrich Golf Course
4:30pm Baseball vs. Two RiversTwo Rivers High School
3:00pm1:30pm | 7:00pmTrack and Field Conference PrelimsHarding High School
4:30pm JV Baseball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
4:30pm Softball Sections vs. Holy AngelsLincoln Field
4:30pm Boys Lacrosse B-Squad vs. Minnehaha AcademyMcMurray Fields
9:00am Varsity Boys Golf Conference TournamentGoodrich Golf Course
11:00am Varsity Girls Golf Conference TournamentOneka Golf Course
4:30pm Varsity Baseball Twin Cities Game vs. MPLS SouthwestTBA
3:00pm1:30pm | 7:00pmTrack and Field Conference FinalsHarding High School
4:30pm Softball Sections vs. Kennedy/SimleyAway

Loons narrowly avoid elimination in U.S. Open Cup Round of 32 drama plus the 2 most recent MLS games

By: Aeden Evenson-McDermott

After many disappointing results and matches leading up to the Round of 32 Match, the Loons would look to turn the page and set their sights on advancing in the Open Cup further. Kickoff was at 7:30PM which has become a primetime kickoff for most fixtures with MLS and U.S. Soccer Federation scheduling this year.

After an enticing game against Vancouver, the Loons would fall short once again with a 3-2 loss. A first goal from newly signed South Korean striker, Jeong Sang-bin, in Minnesota colors and a first goal of the season for captain Michael Boxall. Vancouver’s goals came from Brian White and Simon Becher.

With coming off the road loss, the Loons would be at home at Allianz Field. Only half the stadium was used plus the supporters section but it was still a decent crowd for a midweek match.

The Loons and Philadelphia Union would play a highly competitive first half with neither side striking first. Good to see the higher intensity and better game flow as Loons have been pretty lackadaisical as of late. The second half would be even more exciting with both teams exchanging chances. The drama would ensue when the 68th minute came and South African Striker Bongokuhle Hlongwane got a diving header and sent the ball through the hands of Philadelphia Union’s André Blake.

In the 73rd minute, Honduran midfielder Joseph Rosales received a fantastic play in which Hlongwane dribbled the defenders and dished it off to Rosales for a slotted shot into the right corner. 2-0 for the Loons!

The excitement wouldn’t last for long when the Union’s Chris Donovan got one back and it was 2-1 Loons in the 78th minute. As the clock neared closer to the 90 minutes, it became clear that Loons fans were becoming nervy. It’s been an unfortunate statistic this season that in the closing of the 90 minutes the Loons can’t hold on. Kai Wagner, the substitute defender, would smash it home in the 90+4th minute to get the game at 2-2 and send it to overtime.

Disappointing how the Loons blew the lead being up 2-0. But in the first half of extra time, Hlongwane would rejuvenate the Loons with another goal, thus being in the 103rd minute. Loons and Philly would go at it further with both sides pushing themselves and fighting to stay alive.

Disaster struck again for the Loons when in the 120th minute, and once again near the end of the match, Kai Wagner would bag his second and end Loons celebrations for the moment. It would send it to penalties!

The Loons thankfully won the first kick and got it down on the side of the supporters section for the penalty shootout. Franco Fragapane would get the first kick for the Loons and Dániel Gazdag equalizing with his kick. Second round, Will Trapp and Jack Elliot would get their second kick as well. In the third set, Kervin Arriaga and Matthew Real would miss their shots. The fourth set, Rosales and Torres would get theirs. The fifth set, Dunbar and Carranza would get theirs! Heavy drama as it would still be tied and now it would be sent to sudden death penalty shots.

Kallman and Rafanello would get theirs for the sixth round. Boxall and Lowe would also get theirs for the seventh round. In the eighth round, Tapias would get his shot for the Loons and back up goalkeeper Clint Irwin who got the start to give rest to the main goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair would deny the man who saved Philly before; Kai Wagner would be ultimately denied on the incredible penalty save made by Irwin and Loons would survive another day and get the only win of the season at home to sing “Wonderwall”.

They advance to the Round of 16 and will be facing Houston Dynamo in Houston on 5/23 for a 7:30 kickoff with streaming to most likely be through the BR Football YouTube channel.

The Loons would return to regular MLS play by traveling on the road to Sporting KC on Saturday 5/13. With a quick turnaround, the Loons would be lackluster and concede 3 goals to unfortunately lose 3-0.

They most recently played on Wednesday 5/17 back at Allianz. The game started out fast paced with much running. The Loons looked more energized and more collective in their play.

The play of the game would come in the 14th minute, early on when a costly mistake from Houston’s left back, Escobar, passed it back, which went through the Houston team and made it to the Loons, and Bongokuhle Hlongwane tucked it past Houston’s goalkeeper Steve Clark and into the right corner. 1-0 to the Loons!

The rest of the first half would have its chances and many were almost point blank on a few attempts. The second half would be quite physical and fast paced as Houston pushed for an equalizer. Thankfully there was no equalizer and the Loons held on despite at least 3 minutes of stoppage time and the ref letting play continue for Houston as they seemed to want to make it more interesting.

Our second home win of the season, but the first win in MLS at home for the season. Loons survive by narrow margins and take all three points to move from 9th into 7th spot with 15 points.

They take on the Portland Timbers on the road this weekend with a 9:30PM kickoff on Apple TV+ which is the streaming service for all things MLS! The Loons will head to Houston to play in the Round of 16 matchup next Tuesday at 7:30PM as well, before they return to Allianz the following Saturday 5/27 to play Real Salt Lake (RSL)!

Sports schedule for: May 15-20

3:30pm Boys JV Golf Conference MatchHighland Nine
3:30pm Girls Varsity Golf vs. HardingHighland National GC
4:00pm / 4:30pm 4:30pm Baseball vs. TartanV: CHS Field JV: HOME C: Tartan High School
4:30pm Softball vs. KennedyKelly Fields
12:30pm Boys Golf Varsity 9-Hole TournamentPhalen Golf Course
3:30pm JV Girls Golf Conference MatchCedarholm Golf Course
4:00pm Badminton State TournamentHOME
4:30pm / 4:30pm 4:30pm Baseball vs. CentralV: HOME JV: Toni Stone Stadium C: HOME
5:30pm Boys Lacrosse B-Squad vs. HudsonGriffin Stadium
3:30pm Boys Varsity Golf vs. St. Paul AcademyHighland National GC
3:30pm Boys JV Golf Conference MatchHighland National GC
4:00pm2:40pm | 6:30pmBadminton State TournamentEdina High School
4:00pm Softball vs. MPLS WashburnBossen Field
1:00pm Girls JV Golf Conference MatchCedarholm Golf Course
1:00pm Girls Golf Conference MatchHighland Nine
4:00pm Badminton State TournamentEdina High School
4:00pm Softball vs. MPLS RooseveltHOME
4:00pm Track and Field JV Conference MeetHarding High School
4:00pm Softball vs. CentralHOME
11:00am / 11:00am 1:00pm Baseball vs. SimleySimley High School

True Team

By: Ellie Moore

At a normal track meet only 8 out of 24 runners score but at a True Team track meet all racers score. Getting last place will only score you 1 point but your points still count. The point of these true team meets is to find which team has the best depth throughout the team. You may be able to win normal meets because you have 1 or 2 runners constantly in the top 3, but to win a true team meet you have to have all your runners placing high.

There are only 3 True Team meets in the track season: True Team Conference, Sections, and State. In order for your team to make it to state you need to be one of the top teams in the section, so not every team gets to race at True Team State.

Unlike normal track state, to qualify for True Team Track State you need to qualify as a team. You can’t qualify as an individual.

Saint Paul Public Schools have a disadvantage when they compete in the True Team Section meet. Since SPPS doesn’t have the insurance for pole vaulting, we automatically get 0 points for it, starting us up to 40 points behind the rest of the schools.

Conference True Team took place at Central High School on Wednesday May third. Central took first place with 644.5 and Highland got second with 538. Como Park was third with 413 points.

The Section True Team meet was May ninth at Mounds View where Highland Park competed against Edina, Minneapolis South, Minneapolis Southwest, Minneapolis Washburn, Mounds View, North St. Paul, Roseville, St. Louis Park, and St. Paul Central.

Mounds View ended up winning with 1141.5 points with Roseville coming in second with 1115 points. Highland Park got fifth with 623 points.

State will be May twentieth and twenty-first at Stillwater High School. The top team from each section will move on to state and compete against each other to see who has the most depth on their team.

How the Minnesots Twins starting rotation has become their biggest strengh

By: Abby Altman

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“Defense wins championships”. 

This quote has been around for decades, and although originally spoken regarding football, it can be applied to most sports, and baseball is no exception. 

Pitching is one of the most important aspects of the game of baseball, and the Minnesota Twins have not known the comfort of a good pitching rotation for several years.  

At the beginning of the 2023 season, the Minnesota Twins have surprised the entire MLB with the strength of their pitching and the strength of their lineup, both good and bad. 

The Twins have a few stars on their lineup, including Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton, who have proven that their bats are worth big bucks. After trading the AL batting title winner Luis Arraez in the offseason, the Twins got rid of seemingly the best bat in their lineup. 

Since the start of this season, the Twins lineup has been slow to get the bats moving. Of the 35 games played so far this season (at the time of this writing), Minnesota has scored 5 or less runs in 23 of them. 

Regardless of this, Minnesota’s 19-16 record leads the AL Central, with the Twins 2.5 games ahead of the 2nd place Cleveland Guardians.  

The Twins have their starting pitching rotation to thank for this. 

Minnesota’s starting 5 leads the league in innings pitched with 197.5, and is 2nd in the league in combined ERA with an average of 3.19. 

Sonny Gray leads the entire MLB with a 1.35 ERA, followed closely by Joe Ryan, who is 12th in the league with a 2.45 ERA and is 8th in the league in innings pitched, with 44 through 7 games. 

To start the season, Minnesota’s rotation consisted of Pablo Lopez, Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Kenta Maeda, and Tyler Mahle. 

Injuries never fail to plague the Twins, however, and Kenta Maeda and Tyler Mahle have already gone down injured. 

Mahle has been placed on the 60-day IL with right arm posterior impingement and flexor pronator strain. It is unknown whether he will return later on this season, but his earliest return option is not until July. 

Maeda returned this season after receiving Tommy John surgery in 2021. His first start was lights out, with Maeda recording 9 strikeouts and giving up just 1 run. Since then, he has struggled more than any other Twins pitcher, and now has a 9.00 ERA and just 16 innings pitched, regardless of having 4 starts. 

Louie Varland and Bailey Ober have been called up from the Triple A affiliate Saints, and have filled in very well in the 5 man rotation. 

Bailey Ober has only started 3 games for the Twins this season, but he is sitting with a 0.98 ERA and 18.1 innings pitched. Ober has given up just 2 runs this season, with 6 walks and 16 strikeouts. 

Even if Maeda is cleared to re-join the Twins rotation, it is unlikely Ober will be sent back down to St. Paul after his last few performances. 

Even though the Twins rotation started the season lights out, and appeared unbreakable, all good things must eventually end. 

Minnesota has seen their pitchers struggle more in the last few weeks than they would like, especially Pablo Lopez, whom the Twins recently signed to a 4 year/ $73 million contract this past week. 

Lopez gave up just 5 runs total in his first 4 starts, but has since given up 15 runs in his last 3 starts. Lopez has 43 innings pitched and 54 strikeouts this season, but is starting to become less of a threat than the Twins originally perceived him as. 

The Minnesota Twins are currently leading one of the worst divisions in baseball. The Twins record would lead no other division except the AL Central, and the Twins only chance at making a playoff run may be to win the division. 

Unless the Twins can figure out their batting lineup and start stacking on some runs, Minnesota may be relying on their starting pitching rotation for the rest of the season. 

Sports schedule for: May 8-13

3:30pm Boys JV Golf Conference MatchHighland Nine
3:30pm Girls Varsity Golf vs. HumboldtHighland National GC
3:45pm (JV) 4:00pm (V) Tennis vs. St. Thomas AcademyV: HOME JV: St. Thomas Academy
4:00pm Softball vs. HardingHOME
4:30pm / 4:30pm 7:00pm Baseball vs. CentralV: Toni Stone Stadium JV: HOME C: Jimmy Lee Rec Center
1:00pm Boys Golf 9-Hole TournamentComo Golf Course
3:00pm Track and Field True Team MeetMounds View High School
3:30pm Girls JV Golf vs. HardingCedarholm Golf Course
4:00pm Softball Conference TournamentHOME
4:30pm / 4:30pm V/JV Baseball vs. Como ParkV: Como Park High School JV: HOME
3:30pm Boys JV Golf Conference MatchHighland Nine
3:30pm Girls Varsity Golf vs. CentralHighland National GC
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm | 7:00pmBadminton Conference TournamentV: Harding High School JV: HOME
4:00pm Softball Conference TournamentHOME
4:30pm Tennis vs. MPLS SouthwestLinden Hills Park
4:30pm Baseball vs. St. Paul AcademySt. Paul Academy
  Boys Varsity Golf Conference MatchHighland National GC
3:30pm Girls JV Golf vs. HumboldtCedarholm Golf Course
4:00pm2:45pm | 7:00pmBadminton Conference Tournament Harding High School
4:00pm JV Softball vs. HardingHOME
4:30pm / 4:30pm 4:30pm Baseball vs. KennedyJV/C: Home V: Kennedy High School
4:00pm / 4:00pm Tennis vs. St. Paul AcademySt. Paul Academy
4:15pm JV Softball vs. St. AgnesHOME
4:30pm C-Squad Baseball vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
9:00am Track and Field InvitationalSimley High School
12:00pm Softball Twin Cities GameUniversity of Northwestern

Interview with a Timberwolves fan on the 2023 NBA season

By: Caden Kipfmueller

The 2022-2023 Timberwolves basketball season has been a tumultuous one to say the least, with increasing chemistry issues and fan backlash following the trade for Rudy Gobert this past offseason. The Wolves have had their fair share of issues, but they still managed to make the playoffs, losing in the first round to the Denver Nuggets in five games. While I am not personally a Timberwolves fan, I recently had the opportunity to interview one. He’s attended a large number of games this season, including all of their home playoff games, so it is fair to say that he is a big fan.

Q: Who has been your favorite player this season and why?

A: Anthony Edwards because he is one of the best young players in the league and he will lead the Wolves to at least one championship in the next few years. For his age, his stats line up with the best ever.

Q: Who has been your least favorite player this season and why?

A: McLaughlin, I like the guy and he has had good years but he has been in a pretty bad slump. He hasn’t made a basic layup in ages and has only gotten worse since the play in. I was at a Lakers game late in the season and he kept trying to shoot Kareem-like floaters over Lebron like an idiot. He’s the shortest guy in the NBA, so why does he think he can take those shots?

Q: What are your thoughts on the Timberwolves’ new City Jerseys?

A: I think it makes zero sense because they use so many random shades of colors that are not Wolves’ colors. We should be black, blue, green and white. Their justification for the red was that it’s the red from the wolves’ tongue, but I think that is stupid.

Q: Overall, do you think this season has been a success or a failure?

A: Definitely a success and the best one we’ve had in a long time. The Timberwolves aren’t good normally so it is nice to make the playoffs for a change.

Q: Do you agree with the Timberwolves’ decision to trade for Rudy Gobert last season?

A: I like that we tried for him but we gave up too much. However, Gobert has been very necessary and is the only reason we don’t collapse defensively especially right now with two bigs out. He gets booed even after being clutch and putting up clutch double doubles which is stupid. People need to stop whining about the trade.

Q: How bright is the Timberwolves’ future in the next five years?

A: It will come down to what we do with all the free agents. We have the potential to be better than this year for sure, but we just can’t focus on rebuilding.

The rise and fall of Chris Froome: One of the sports most accomplished cyclists

By: Toby Martin-Kohls

Background and early life

In the world of professional cycling, few cyclists have reached the highs of Froome’s career and subsequently plummeted so quickly.

Christopher Clive Froome was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985. His parents were British, and he grew up mainly in Kenya and South Africa. His parents continued British customs and culture while living in South Africa. This culminated in his want to represent Great Britain in the world of cycling.

He first participated in his first organized race at 13, a charity race, which he won. It was there that he connected with David Kinjah who became a mentor and training partner for Froome.

After finishing primary school in Kenya, Froome attended St. Andrew’s School and St. John’s College in Johannesburg. He was the school’s cycling captain and kept in contact with David Kinjah. This is where he started to focus on road cycling.

He didn’t turn professional until he was 22, in 2007. He started road racing in South Africa, specializing as a climber, for now-defunct Team Konica Minolta. His strong performances in 2007 caught the attention of a British cycling coach, Rod Ellingsworth. Although Froome was racing for Kenya at the time, he made it clear to Ellingsworth that he felt British and wanted to race under the British flag.

In 2008 he signed a two-year deal with a British-based, South African-backed team, Barloworld. His first professional win came in March 2009 with the second stage of the Giro del Capo in Durbanville, South Africa.

Grand Tours and takeoff of his pro career

He then participated in his first Grand Tour, the Giro d’Italia. There are three Grand Tours in road cycling, they are the hardest, longest, and most prestigious races. They are all three weeks long and tackle everything from flats to cobbles, to hills, to mountains. They are held every year in three separate countries, one in spring, one in the summer, and one in the fall.

The first Grand Tour of the year is the Giro d’Italia, also known as the Giro or the Tour of Italy. It is arguably the second most prestigious race behind the Tour de France. The Giro is usually held during May and sometimes into early June. Like the other Grand Tours, the modern editions of the Giro d’Italia normally consist of 21 stages over a 23 or 24-day period that includes two or three rest days.

The second Grand Tour of the year is the Tour de France. This is the biggest and most prestigious race on the cycling calendar. It is usually held in July of each year, except for the 2020 version which was held in September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is primarily held in France but sometimes starts in other countries. It is the oldest Grand Tour, being started in 1903.

The last Grand Tour of the calendar year is the Vuelta a España which is held in Spain. Inspired by the success of the Giro and the Tour, the Vuelta was founded in 1935. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same, with the appearance of at least two time trials, the passage through the mountain chain of the Pyrenees, and the finish in the Spanish capital Madrid.

Starting in 2011, it didn’t take long for Froome to make a name for himself on the international stage. He had remarkable stamina and unparalleled climbing skills. From 2012 to 2018, he dominated the road cycling world.

Froome won 4 Tour de France from 2013 to 2017, with the lone exception of the 2014 edition, in which he crashed out. This placed him second all-time in Tour de France victories. He fell just short of the very exclusive 5-time winner group.

In 2012 he was on the same team as the eventual winner, Bradley Wiggins. Most fans feel that Froome was the stronger man that year and that he was held back by his team in order to support team leader Wiggins. He finished 2nd overall, 3min and 21sec back from his teammate.

In 2018, he attempted the famed Giro-Tour double. He won the 2018 Giro and aimed for his 5th Tour de France victory that July. He came into the race as the team leader and favorite, having won the previous three years. He was simply outridden by his teammate and eventual winner, Geraint Thomas. He came very close to joining the all-time greats and possibly becoming the first person ever to win 6 editions of the Tour.

Downfall and controversy

Despite his great success, there was a shadow over his career achievements. There were allegations of ethical misconduct and doping, though never proven. In 2018, Froome faced an investigation into the use of the drug salbutamol, which is used to treat asthma. The drug itself is not banned, but there is a limit on how much athletes can use. Many riders in the pro peloton have asthma as a result of cycling. Ultimately, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) dismissed the case before the start of the 2018 Tour de France, allowing him to race and no suspension was given.

The 2019 Tour was seen as one of Froome’s last opportunities to capture an elusive 5th title. At age 34, it was likely it would have been his last good year in terms of Grand Tour form. Most professional road cyclists peak around ages 26-33, however currently there is more of a youth revolution.

In June 2019, disaster struck. While on a race recon ride for the Critérium du Dauphiné, which is considered the most important prep race for the Tour de France, Froome crashed into a brick wall at 37mph after losing control in high winds trying to blow his nose.

He went into intensive care via airlift after breaking a leg, ribs and an elbow. He then missed the rest of the 2020 season recovering.

He returned to professional cycling in 2021, this time with a new team. He departed the powerhouse Team Sky/Ineos Grenadiers and signed a five-year deal with Israel Start-Up Nation for a reported 15 million euros. However, he was a former shell of himself, finishing in 133rd place in the 2021 Tour de France.

In 2022, he managed his best result since his horrific crash with an 11th place at the Mercan Tour Classic Alpes-Maritimes. On Stage 12 of the 2022 Tour de France he bridged a gap up to the eventual stage winner Tom Pidcock to finish 3rd on Alpe d’Huez, one of the most prestigious and famous climbs of the Tour. It was the first time he finished top 3 in a stage of the Tour since  2018. Unfortunately, he tested positive for COVID after stage 18 and was forced to abandon.

It was unfortunate for a legend to go out in the way that he did, but Froome certainly made the most out of his career. He still races today, for Israel-Premier Tech. He is currently a resident of Monaco.