A typically serene, sun-dappled day on the island of Tenerife – where the gentle breeze drifts up from the beautiful volcanic coastline – greets another Ineos training day.
Until the tranquillity is shattered by the wails and screams of a man in his bedroom, shouting in fear.
Famously shy and unassuming four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has prompted the outburst – unexpectedly exposing an Ineos Grenadiers staff member to some of the island’s wildlife, which terrifies him.
“Froome likes to make some jokes,” laughs Russian rider Pavel Sivakov.
“The member of staff is a big, tough guy who looks like you wouldn’t want to mess with him!”